Employee Educators Program

For details about this credit, including the criteria, reporting timeframe, applicability, scoring, and more, please review the full credit language.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between an educators program and an outreach campaign?

The key difference between an educators program and an outreach campaign is training. A peer-to-peer-focused education program trains employees to become “experts” in a certain sustainability-focused topic, and these experts then train their peers on these topics in a coordinated, ongoing fashion. In contrast, standard outreach campaigns aim to raise awareness about sustainability topics without a coordinated education and training component.

What defines a peer-to-peer program?

To count for this credit, all programs must have a clearly defined peer-to-peer component. Peer-to-peer-focused education programs should train employees to become “experts” in a certain sustainability-focused topic, and these experts then train their peers on these topics. Otherwise, an initiative may instead count as something else (training, outreach campaign, planning committee).

Are there there other credits that ask for the same information?

Reviewers will check to see if the figure reported for Total number of employees (staff + faculty, headcount) is consistent with what is reported in IC 3: Academics and Demographics. Valid discrepancies should be clarified in the Notes field of EN-7.

Templates & Tools

Example Responses

  • Oregon State University – Good descriptive information outlining a single peer-to-peer employee advocates program that covers all employees.  
  • University of Pennsylvania – Solid reporting examples of well-organized, peer-to-peer faculty/staff sustainability education programs
  • University of Victoria – Good descriptive information outlining a single peer-to-peer staff networking program that covers all employees.

Common Issues Identified During Review

  • Score outlier – Reporting full points indicates that all employees (academic and non-academic staff) are served (i.e. directly targeted) by an employee peer-to-peer program. Over-counting should be avoided (e.g., if programs listed only cover faculty or administrative staff, it is unlikely that all employees are covered).
  • Data consistency: Employee headcount should be consistent between EN 7 and IC 3 if the same Performance Year is used. Valid discrepancies should be clarified in the Notes field.
  • All programs must have a clearly defined peer-to-peer component. To count, peer-to-peer-focused education programs should train employees to become “experts” in a certain sustainability-focused topic, and these experts then train their peers on these topics in a coordinated, ongoing fashion. Otherwise, an initiative may instead count as something else (training, outreach campaign, planning committee).

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