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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

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Liaison Jeff Johnson
Submission Date March 6, 2013
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STARS v1.2

Miami University
PAE-15: Employee Sustainability Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Yvette Kline
Dir. Sustainability & Energy Conservation
Physical Facilities
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Total number of people employed by the institution:
4,274

Program name (1st program) :
Sustainability Champions

Number of employees served by the program (1st program):
141

A brief description of how the employee educators are selected (1st program):

The Sustainability Champions (Champs) program is open to all employees, and is an outgrowth of an existing Building Points of Contact (BPOC) program. Started in Spring Semester 2012, Champs are volunteers who were made aware of the program through bottom-up email messaging through the BPOC communication chain and top-down messaging to academic units and the Housing, Dining, Recreation and Business Services division by the Provost and the VP for Finance and Business Services, respectively. Additional in-person recruitment by the program's two coordinators took place in the Fall 2012 semester at the Employee Wellness Fair. While all employees are welcome to volunteer, not all of them will be active. In Spring semester 2013, volunteers were given the opportunity to define their level of involvement as an active participant, a newsletter-only participant, or a non-participant. By casting a large net, we are able to remain in contact with those who are interested but not able to be more involved at this time.


A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive (1st program):

Champs decided to meet a couple of times per semester. The coordinators establish the agenda to inform and update the Champs on a specific topic, then provide related materials and actions for them to take.


A brief description of the staff and/or other financial support the institution provides to the program (1st program):

No significant financial support has been required to date. Materials have been provided by the Physical Facilities Department's sustainability office. The coordinators of the Champs are the University's Sustainability Coordinator and the Director of Sustainability in the Physical Facilities Department.


The website URL where information about the program is available (1st program):
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Program name (2nd program):
Miami Lean

Number of employees served by the program (2nd program):
400

A brief description of how the employee educators are selected (2nd program):

Lean is a waste reduction process improvement method that has been tailored at Miami to support 5 breakthrough objectives: Cost Avoidance, Cost Reduction, Revenue Generation, Productivity Improvements, and Go Green. Departmental steering committees generate and receive suggestions of candidate Lean projects and participants. The steering committees decide which projects to "lean" and who should be involved.


A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive (2nd program):

Formal Miami Lean training for project participants takes place on campus, and has evolved to a 2 day training. During the training, participants are introduced to Lean, it's tools, and how the process supports the breakthrough objectives, with the intention of creating a Lean culture. Across campus, Lean Leaders are selected to receive additional formal training to bolster cultural change. All who have taken any Lean training learn that it is about people, and they are taught how to solicit and share information that supports any of the breakthrough objectives.


A brief description of the financial or other support the institution provides to the program (2nd program):

Miami has hired a Lean expert on a limited timeline to customize and perpetuate the program on our own. The university additionally supports staff participation time and an on-campus Lean team meeting room. Many Lean projects yield significant savings to the university. Go Green initiatives are not required to yield savings, although many do.


The website URL where information about the program is available (2nd program):
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Program name(s) (all other programs):
PFD's Green Team

Number of employees served by the program(s) (all other programs):
50

A brief description of how the employee educators are selected (all other programs):

Led by a Grad Assistant, who was hired by the Physical Facilities Department's Director of Sustainability as the Sustainability Education Coordinator, four part time undergraduate employees were hired specifically for sustainability outreach programs. This group of five works with the entire campus, as well as employees in the Physical Facilities Department.


A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive (all other programs):

Training is provided through weekly team meetings led by the Grad Assistant. Initiatives and training details are established by the Grad Assistant and PFD's Sustainability Director.


A brief description of the staff and/or other financial support the institution provides to the program(s) (all other programs):

The Grad Assistant and undergraduate student employees and their programs are primarily funded through the Physical Facilities Department. Additional funding is provided by an annual grant from the county.


The website URL where information about the program(s) is available (all other programs):
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Total Oxford campus employees (full and part time) as of Fall 2011 (most recent available) were reported.

Champs were counted as follows. Only Oxford campus champs were included.
Each who self-identified as actively involved was assigned a sphere of influence score of 5.
Each who was a newsletter only participant was assigned a sphere of influence score of 1.

As of January 2013 over 400 employees had received some type of Lean training.

The most recent Green Team project, February 2013, involved approximately 50 PFD employees.

While it is likely that the people touched by these three programs overlap, the nature of the outreach is different, so all were counted.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.