Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 60.06
Liaison Jennifer Palilonis
Submission Date Aug. 2, 2011
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Ball State University
ER-1: Student Sustainability Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.45 / 5.00 Stacy Wheeler
Sustainability Specialist
Facilities Planning and Managment
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Total number of degree-seeking students enrolled at the institution:
22,083

Program name (1st program):
The Ball State Energy Action Team

Number of students served by the program (1st program):
6,400

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

The Ball State Energy Action Team (BEAT) consists of student workers who are employed by the Facilities Planning and Management department and are supervised by the university’s Sustainability Specialist. Every academic year five student employee positions are posted through the university’s Career Center and applicants are interviewed prior to being hired. BEAT is considered a student-led group. BEAT students help implement an energy-use awareness program through marketing efforts. BEAT also helps track academic and student life programs that impact energy use and BEAT students help identify best practices. BEAT students frequently participate in academic educational initiatives concerning energy use and awareness.


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

Training is provided by Facilities Planning and Management at the start of the academic year. This training includes giving BEAT students a campus tour of the heat plant, chilled water facilities, HVAC operations, LEED-designed buildings, and other energy related “hot spots” on campus. Excellent communications skills and ability to use various modern media -- especially social media -- are expected of BEAT students. Student training includes introducing BEAT students to key marketing and advertising staff at the university and attending the Lugar Energy Summit (Indianapolis, Indiana) each August and as part of their annual training.


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

Funding for BEAT is provided by Facilities Planning and Management. Specific programs (e.g., residence hall energy challenge) are supported by campus-wide sponsorship from such diverse partners as Housing and Residence Life, Dining Services, Council on the Environment (COTE), Recreational Services, Student Government, the University Program Board and various student-led organizations.


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In addition to what we report for this criterion an Eco-Reps program will be implemented for the 2011-12 Academic Year. This program will primarily serve the residence-hall population.

Ball State Eco-Reps are volunteer student leaders that raise awareness about energy conservation and promote environmentally-responsible behaviors among Ball State University students. They work in partnership with Ball State Energy Action Team (BEAT) members. An Eco-Rep’s primary responsibility is to educate residence hall students about environmental sustainability issues and conservation practices. They help plan activities in their residence halls in conjunction with RHA, hall council and hall staff. Specifically, Eco-Reps coordinate and promote: 1) the Residence Hall Energy Challenge (fall/spring semesters), 2) the Recyclemania competition, and 3) the annual recycling and durable goods collection during student move-out. Eco-Reps attend regular training and planning meetings at the beginning of each semester and meet twice a month during the academic year. Students are educated on a specific sustainability theme each month by BEAT (e.g., phantom energy, water conservation, waste reduction). At each meeting, Eco-Reps help plan upcoming activities, brainstorm, and help distribute promotional flyers. Other duties include planning for group activities, designing and implementing collaborative projects, and representing the Eco-Reps Program at various campus events.

Ball State Eco-Reps are selected through an application process that is advertised by Housing and Residence Life and reviewed by the university’s Sustainability Specialist. Applications are made available at the residence hall front desks and online. Ten to seventeen Eco-Reps are selected through this process.

The Ball State Eco-Rep program is made possible and supported by the Housing and Residence Life and Facilities Planning and Management departments.

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