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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 Gold
Overall Score 74.63
Liaison Moira Hafer
Submission Date July 30, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Stanford University
EN-6: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Moira Hafer
Sustainability Specialist
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution administer or oversee an ongoing faculty/staff peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

Total number of employees:
14,481

Name of the employee educators program (1st program) :
Building Level Sustainability Program (Building Champions / Building Heroes / Green Teams)

Number of employees served by the program (1st program):
14,481

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

Stanford's "Green Teams" are self-selected groups of employees (faculty and staff) who are a resource to their department and/or school and help implement Stanford's Building Level Sustainability Program (http://ssu.stanford.edu/BuildingLevelSustainability). Recruitment of Green Team members, sometimes called "Building Champions" or "Building Heroes" on campus, has occurred through a variety of formats. In the School of Medicine, there was an open call to join the initial training program (http://med.stanford.edu/sustainability/). In the case of early program adopters like the Office of the Vice Provost on Undergraduate Education (VPUE), Building 170 (General Counsel, Public Affairs), IT Services, and the Alumni Association, existing Green Teams approached the Office of Sustainability for program participation and support. The School of Earth Sciences was a case-study for the CEE/ES 109 "Green Buildings and Behavior" course, and the Green Team formed through that process. In recent years, an annual campus-wide outreach campaign called "Cardinal Green Buildings" recruited other interested parties during the fall quarter (http://sustainable.stanford.edu/CardinalGreenBuildings). At this time there are program participants and trained educators within each of Stanford's seven schools and all administrative organizations. The entire faculty/staff community is therefore served by these peer educators.


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

Office of Sustainability staff work closely with each volunteer Cardinal Green Building participant, especially at the start of program implementation, to ensure the group is aware of Stanford's core practices related to sustainability, as well as the specific opportunities within the program. The School of Medicine has also implemented its own training for Green Teams.


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

Office of Sustainability staff and the Sustainable Stanford program support Stanford's Cardinal Green Building participants. Examples of support include but are not limited to the following:

-- Specific training upon request (from the Office of Sustainability)
-- Open enrollment training each fall (from the Office of Sustainability)
-- Staff support through the building audit process (from the Office of Sustainability and its student interns)
-- The ERP Express rebate program to incentivize Smart Strip and appliance timer purchases (administered by the Office of Sustainability)
-- Templates, surveys, audit forms, and standard email language (developed by the Office of Sustainability)
-- A professional network of other interested Building Champions (supported by the Sustainability Working Group and Sustainable Stanford)


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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.