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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 Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Cynthia Klein-Banai
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2011
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STARS v1.0

University of Illinois at Chicago
PAE-15: Employee Sustainability Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Cynthia Klein-Banai
Associate Chancellor for Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Total number of people employed by the institution:
14,550

Program name (1st program) :
EcoReps

Number of employees served by the program (1st program):
14,550

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

Deans and Department heads designate an EcoRep via a secure website administered by Academic Computing and Communications Center (ACCC), the campus central IT services. This automatically adds the designee to an EcoRep email list and lists the department's EcoRep on the campus directory.


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

Once a year, the Office of Sustainability conducts EcoReps training to explain the current state of sustainability on campus, and shares tips and best practices to support greening initiatives in each EcoRep's department. Through the EcoReps email list, the Office of Sustainability and EcoReps communicate and share information, tips, and best practices.


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

UIC Office of Sustainability staff provides the training and resources to support the program and is budgeted to do so.


The website URL where information about the program is available (1st program):
Program name (2nd program):
Building Service Worker Training

Number of employees served by the program (2nd program):
225

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

The Office of Sustainability worked with Facilities Management administration to provide a train-the-trainers program specifically for Building Service Workers (BSWs) and their building foremen. Foremen (approximately 75) were required to attend this training, who then required their staff (totalling approximately 225) to attend subsequent training sessions.


A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive (2nd program):

At the foremen training, Office of Sustainability staff were joined by representatives from Rochester Midland Corporation, provider of campus green cleaning chemicals, and a representative from Recycling Services, Inc., one of the UIC recycling providers. The training session included: an explanation of the campus sustainability commitments; information about how the recycling program on campus is designed to function and what the expectation of services workers should be; a presentation on where recycled materials from campus end up; and a presentation on the operational differences between conventional cleaning supplies and the green cleaning supplies UIC now uses. The foremen were then expected to bring this information to their BSWs, and the Office of Sustainability participated in 4 follow-up recycling trainings for BSW shifts on both sides of campus.


A brief description of the financial or other support the institution provides to the program (2nd program):

UIC Office of Sustainability staff provides the training and resources to support the program and is budgeted to do so.


The website URL where information about the program is available (2nd program):
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Program name(s) (all other programs):
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Number of employees served by the program(s) (all other programs):
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A brief description of how the employee educators are selected (all other programs):
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A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive (all other programs):
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A brief description of the staff and/or other financial support the institution provides to the program(s) (all other programs):
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The website URL where information about the program(s) is available (all other programs):
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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.