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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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Liaison Jonathan Rausseo
Submission Date Aug. 11, 2011
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University of Ottawa
IN-4: Innovation 4

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Complete Expired Pierre De Gagne
assistant director
physical resources service
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A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

There isn’t very much that is new about an employee suggestion program. There are many companies and institutions that use various suggestion programs that give credit to the employees that do a good job. Providing positive feedback to these employees can build pride and loyalty. These programs are also beneficial because they tend to harvest novel ideas from an existing work force.
The University of Ottawa has added a small but important twist to the benefits program; there is a financial incentive proportional to the amount of money saved by the employee’s suggestion (up to a maximum of $5000). This financial incentive combined with the recognition conferred upon the employee has been a winning formula for years at the University because the amalgamation of the two elements accelerates employee participation.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
The website URL where information about the innovation is available:
+ Date Revised: Aug. 17, 2011

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