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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.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.96
Liaison Briar Schoon
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Portland Community College
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Briar Schoon
Sustainability Analyst
Facilities Management Services
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Total number of employees (staff + faculty, headcount):
3,255

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting):
3,255

Percentage of employees served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
100

Name of the employee educators program:
PCC Green Teams

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
3,255

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities:

PCC Green Teams are self-organized groups of employees committed to advancing sustainable practices in their office, department and/or building. These sustainability champions recognize the importance of staff and faculty commitment in order to meet the college’s progressive sustainability goals.

Green Teams meet about once a month to connect and celebrate their accomplishments, reflect on shortcomings, and share ideas. These meetings also serve as a platform for collaborative education, community building, and innovation.


A brief description of how the employee educators are selected:

All interested staff participate in the Green Team program. Participation varies among campuses. For example, at Rock Creek, participation is mostly from administrative assistants. At Southeast, more faculty are involved. The main goal of this program is to spread sustainability education and awareness within the various college offices, promote eco-friendly practices, and coordinate sustainability outreach and events. Participation is optional so that those participating are genuinely interested in spreading sustainability awareness and promoting overall sustainability at PCC.


A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach:

Green Teams meet with sustainability staff at varying intervals for approximately an hour. During these meetings, admins learn about various initiatives, receive resources, and get help with any issues or push-back they are receiving within their offices.


A brief description of the financial and/or administrative support the institution provides to the program (e.g. annual budget and/or paid faculty/staff coordination):

Sustainability staff dedicate time to promote and advance the program. Sustainability staff coordinate the meetings.


Name of the employee educators program (2nd program):
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Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount) (2nd program):
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A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (2nd program):
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A brief description of how the employee educators are selected (2nd program):
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A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (2nd program):
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A brief description of the financial and/or administrative support the institution provides to the program (e.g. annual budget and/or paid faculty/staff coordination) (2nd program):
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A brief description of all other employee peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs, including the number of employees served and how employee educators are selected, trained, and supported by the institution:
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Total number of hours employee educators are engaged in peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education activities annually:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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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.