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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 69.02
Liaison Sara McKinstry
Submission Date March 30, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of California, San Diego
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.07 / 3.00 Jennifer Bowser
Sustainability Program Coordinator
Sustainability
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Total number of employees (staff + faculty, headcount):
14,399

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting):
341

Percentage of employees served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
2.37

Name of the employee educators program:
Staff Sustainability Network

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
100

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

The mission of the UCSD Staff Sustainability Network (SSN) is to bring awareness, transparency, and collaboration to existing sustainability efforts on campus; provide support in pursuing new opportunities for positive impact; and connect faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members with similar eco-passions. Any staff member can join. The benefits of membership include: participating in activities and events that promote awareness of sustainability efforts; networking opportunities to meet people from the campus and community; and discovering more resources and information on sustainability issues. SSN holds monthly meetings, annual outreach events and tabling at events like the annual summer staff picnic, and offers grants to staff for sustainability projects (http://blink.ucsd.edu/_files/sponsor-tab/staff-associations/ssn/presentations/2017-18%20SSN%20Grant%20Information.pdf).


A brief description of how the employee educators are selected:

Any UCSD faculty or staff member can join SSN.


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

UCSD Sustainability staff provide training and information to SSN members at meetings and upon request.


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):

SSN is supported by membership dues. On occasion, the university has contributed funding to support events or efforts. The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Resource Management and Planning's budget staff work with UCSD Sustainability staff to house SSN's gift fund for donations and fundraising.


Name of the employee educators program (2nd program):
Green Office Certification Program

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount) (2nd program):
316

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (2nd program):

The Sustainability Resource Center has partnered with students to create the Green Office Certification (GOC) program, which helps campus offices promote resource conservation and receive recognition for their leadership in sustainability. The GOC team works with office staff to identify opportunities to implement or improve existing sustainable practices and earn points toward certification. Staff can then train others in their department or office on greener office practices they adopt to get recertified.


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

Any employee on campus can participate in the Green Office Certification program. They just need to contact the Sustainability Programs Office to sign up. We table at events, share info via newsletters and the Staff Sustainability Network, etc., to get the word out to all staff about the program and its benefits.


A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (2nd program):

Staff and students who run the Green Office Certification program work with an office or dept to help them collect information and data on their current practices. The team then presents the findings to the office and helps them identify ways they will improve. The program provides an opportunity to educate staff about sustainable technology and current practices while promoting peer-learning, office collaboration and involvement in environmental and global efforts.
Certification helps offices to identify weakness and potential areas for saving resources and cutting costs and provides support and technical assistance with sustainable challenges.
Certified offices and departments receive recognition for their sustainable efforts, accomplishments and innovations.


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):

The VIce Chancellor for Resource Management and Planning, who funds the Sustainability Program Office (SPO), funds the entire program (including staff and student labor) through the SPO's budget.


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.