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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 69.67
Liaison Trina Innes
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Alberta
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Trina Innes
Chief Sustainability Officer
Office of Sustainability
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Total number of employees (staff + faculty, headcount):
11,551

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting):
11,551

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

Name of the employee educators program:
Leading Sustainability At Work / ecoREPs

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
11,551

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

LEADING SUSTAINABILITY AT WORK
http://sustainability.ualberta.ca/en/GetInvolved/Leadership%20Programs.aspx

Leading Sustainability at Work (LSAW) is a three-credit course that takes place over three days and is 21 hours in length. All faculty, staff and graduate students are directly targeted with invitations to enroll in the program. Entrance into the course is on a first-come, first-served basis. Between November 2015 to May 2017, 34 people participated in the course.

LSAW is a peer education program and outreach engagement tool to inspire and enable sustainability-oriented action primarily by staff, faculty and graduate students. The program’s main focus is on building capacity for change through leadership training. LSAW equips individuals with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to become champions of sustainability. At its core, the program involves deploying a network of change agents who are empowered to support their organization’s sustainability vision. Participants receive a grade in the course and have opportunities to develop or link back to a Professional Learning Community. Members of the university who graduate from this program are designated campus ecoREPS. They have opportunities to further develop their skills over time and help develop those skills with others in their work units.


A brief description of how the employee educators are selected:

Any faculty members, staff and graduate students can apply for the program. They must have the support of their supervisor and create a project to be eligible for reimbursement of their fees. Through the Green Spaces Certification Program credit is awarded to offices that enroll a participant that can come back to the office and train other staff on practices that will enhance their sustainability performance.


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

The following driving questions inform education that participants receive:
- How do I define sustainability?
- What does change mean to me?
- How will I create change that is interesting and engaging for me and my colleagues/peers/students?
- How can I find the space for change and in doing so become a leader for change?
- What techniques might I use to address a variety of content and issues that will arise?
- How will I negotiate resistance to change?
- What will make my project successful?
- What type of leader do I foresee myself to be?
- How am I prepared to instigate a change in the realm of sustainability?


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):

In general graduates conduct activities with their peers during work time. Graduates that develop a sustainability project are eligible to have their fees reimbursed by the Office of Sustainability. Graduates also have preferential access to grant programs and advisory support offered by the Office of Sustainability.


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:
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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.