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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.
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.
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 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.
Educators receive training from Commuter Services on the U-pass program and effective communication techniques for encouraging the campus to choose alternate commute options.
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 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.
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.
Funding for events and lectures is provided either through central funding, alumni donations, or sponsorships and grants from external sources.
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