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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 77.43
Liaison Claudia Frere-Anderson
Submission Date Oct. 14, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Washington, Seattle
EN-6: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Claudia Frere-Anderson
Director
UW Sustainability
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Does the institution administer or oversee an ongoing faculty/staff peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

Total number of employees:
51,784

Name of the employee educators program (1st program) :
Green Office Programs

Number of employees served by the program (1st program):
51,784

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

The University of Washington offers many opportunities for employees to learn about sustainability through green office programs: participating in green teams, the green office certification program, paper reduction, green bag luncheons and more. Employee educators are selected based on their area of work, interest in participating, and amount of time available for supporting green office programs and initiatives.


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

Employee educators are trained based on what project they will be working on and often have previous knowledge or expertise in their area of focus.


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

Some programs like the green teams and the green bag luncheons do not require financial support, and are run on a volunteer basis. Other programs like the green office certification are administered by paid staff as part of their job duties. Additional financial support is available through grants and rebates as well as sponsorships.


The website URL where information about the program is available (1st program):
Name of the employee educators program (2nd program):
U-Pass

Number of employees served by the program (2nd program):
51,784

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

The University of Washington's U-Pass program is available to all employees who work half-time or more, and offers employees discounted rates for a variety of public transportation, encouraging more environmentally friendly commute options over single occupancy vehicles. Commuter Services employs staff and students to help educate campus employees about the program.


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

Educators receive training from Commuter Services on the U-pass program and effective communication techniques for encouraging the campus to choose alternate commute options.


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

The University provides central funding support for Commuter Services and additional revenue is generated through U-pass quarterly fees, and other parking fees which help to support the program.


The website URL where information about the program is available (2nd program):
Name(s) of the employee educator program(s) (all other programs):
Green events & lectures

Number of employees served by all other programs:
51,784

A brief description of how the employee educators are selected (all other programs):

The University offers a variety of additional opportunities for employees to learn about sustainability, including annual events such as Earth Day, the Sustainability Summit and SustainableUW Festival, the Conservation Remix, the Ride in the Rain challenge, and many more smaller events. Additional opportunities include a variety of sustainability related lectures across campus which are available to employees. Educators for each program and event are selected based on their interest in participating, and their previous experience in events and sustainability.


A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive (all other programs):

Employee educators are trained based on what project they will be working on and often have previous knowledge or expertise in their area of focus. For example, the Ride in the Rain employee volunteers receive information from the program on how to put together a team, and ways to encourage more involvement from staff or faculty in their areas.


A brief description of the staff and/or other financial support the institution provides to the program(s) (all other programs):

Funding for events and lectures is provided either through central funding, alumni donations, or sponsorships and grants from external sources.


The website URL where information about the program(s) is available (all other programs):

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.