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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.

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Overall Score Expired
Liaison Shanna Eller
Submission Date Feb. 20, 2013
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STARS v1.2

University of North Carolina, Greensboro
PAE-15: Employee Sustainability Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Trey McDonald
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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Total number of people employed by the institution:
2,884

Program name (1st program) :
Spartan Sparks

Number of employees served by the program (1st program):
300

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

Calls go out from upper administration for volunteer building team leaders and reps. Representatives are chosen from each academic department or operational unit per building. The maintenance mechanic and housekeeper of each building are automatically team members as well due to their positions.


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

Spartan Sparks is a program to facilitate peer-to-peer education of employees across UNCG about energy conservation behaviors, as well as to encourage occupants to "take ownership" of their buildings. The Office of Sustainability conducts a kick-off meeting with each building energy team. During this meeting, roles and expectations of each team member are detailed, and resources for energy conservation are shared.


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

The Spartan Sparks strategic team is comprised of upper-level facilities staff, and led by the sustainability coordinator. This team helped create and refine the pilot program and is available to assist participants with any problems.


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The number of employees served is an estimate. As this program expands, it will eventually reach 100% of employees.

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.