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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 66.39
Liaison Maria Kirrane
Submission Date July 20, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Maria Kirrane
Sustainability Officer
Office of the Director of Buildings and Estates
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Total number of employees (staff + faculty, headcount):
2,949

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting):
2,949

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

Name of the employee educators program:
Green Campus Programme

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
2,993

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

UCC Green Campus programme is driven by a student and staff committee, which is open to any member of UCC staff to join. The committee sits regularly to plan campaigns and projects around the themes of Green Campus - waste, water, energy, transport, biodiversity and climate change. The programme is based around the ISO14001 energy management system. Peer-to-peer outreach occurs through the committee itself, events that are open to all to attend (riverside walk as part of World Water Day), as well as online through the university's all exchange users email mechanism.
As part of Green Campus, UCC's "Saver Saves" scheme directly targets staff in 13 of the university's most significant energy using buildings. The university's energy manager and sustainability officer then work closely with those staff members to implement campaigns around sustainability within their buildings.


A brief description of how the employee educators are selected:

The Green Campus Programme is open to any member of staff to get involved. The Saver Saves scheme is open to any member of staff within the target buildings. A member of staff within a technical/operational/managerial role within the building is usually targeted to drive this scheme.


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

Within the Saver Saves scheme, the UCC energy manager and sustainability officer meet with the staff members regularly to support their activities. Recycling training workshops have been organised through the university's waste contractor, and services staff (e.g. cleaning staff) have been trained in carrying out waste audits of bins.
In addition, in 17/18, as part of the Human Resources "Campus Toolkit" programme, Green Campus hosted a training session on recycling for all staff.


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):

Coordination is provided from the Buildings and Estates department (energy manager and sustainability officer) and funding for specific projects is also provided from that office, where appropriate. The Saver Saves scheme devolves energy budgets from the B&E department to the target building/department, who have control over how they spend the savings


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.