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Employees (Workplace)

Workplace Sustainability Liaisons engage their colleagues in sustainable behaviors in order to develop a culture of sustainability among employees at SCU.

The Workplace Sustainability Liaison program empowers Santa Clara University employees to implement the University's Strategic Plan by fostering Justice and Sustainability programs among University departments and organizations. Liaisons model and engage their peers in sustainable behaviors in order to develop a culture of sustainability among faculty and staff at SCU.

Benefits of being a Workplace Sustainability Liaison:

  • Receive Sustainability SWAG indicating your role as a Workplace Sustainability Liaison
  • Extra support and resources from the Center for Sustainability
  • Opportunities to learn more about sustainability issues, community-based social marketing, behavior change theory, and more
  • Workplace Liaisons will be eligible for the SCU Sustainability Champion award
  • Opportunities to connect and collaborate with students, faculty, and staff members working on sustainability initiatives at SCU
  • Professional development experience in implementing new initiatives and programs in the Workplace

Workplace Sustainability Liaison Responsibilities:

  • Attend one 1-hr meeting each month. These meetings are focused on a different topic each month. Liaisons bring questions and ideas for an engaging discussion. Liaisons take away action items meant to be accomplished in one hour or less. Two of the three meetings each quarter will be open to the campus community while one meeting will be soley with the Workplace cohort.
  • Spend 1-hr of paid work time each month on sustainability. This time is spent completing action items from the Liaison meeting, developing programs in the workplace, and presenting information to colleagues.
  • Provide feedback to the Center for Sustainability. Liaisons are a channel for two-way communication between campus employees and the Center for Sustainability. Liaisons bring questions, concerns, and ideas to the Center for Sustainability as well as share new information and upcoming events with their peers.

*Employees who want to become an advocate must have supervisor support to spend paid work time on Liaison duties. 

Duration: We ask Liaisons to commit to an academic year term. These liaisons will participate through June 2018. Liaisons may continue as long as they wish, but there is no requirement to participate longer than one year.

Examples of Action Projects (from 2016-2017):

  • Development of a Communication Toolkit for all liaisons to share knowledge and stories
  • Contribute to more sustainable purchasing offerings from the Purchasing Department
  • Reducing building energy use in Bannan Engineering labs and classrooms
  • Create a sustainability section on the Leavey School of Business website
  • Develop behavior change, educational programming focused on reducing waste to landfills
A'Dreana Quevedo Dean's Office, Leavey School of Business
Ali Reimer Marketing/Comm, Leavey School of Business
Bill Mains UGBP, Leavey School of Business
Brent Woodcock Civil Engineering (Lab Manager)
Carol Goad Food & Agribusiness Institute
Frankie Bastone University Relations, Development
Janice DeMonsi Campus Recreation
Jennifer Trayan Marketing/Communications, Miller Center
Joe Pereria Custodial, Waste & Recycling, Facilities
Joey Eisenberg Provost's Office
Julia Claire Landry Campus Ministry
Karen Hernandez Office of the Registrar, Enrollment Management
Kevin Speer Residence Life
Kristina Marcy Information Specialist
Lisa Koura Fabiny Global Engagement Office
Michelle Waters Web Marketing Manager, Law 
Shannon Kealey University Library
Shelly Currin Systems Manager, IT
Spencer Arnold Global Operations, Miller Center