Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.61
Liaison Jennifer Palilonis
Submission Date Sept. 28, 2012
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STARS v1.2

Ball State University
ER-1: Student Sustainability Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.02 / 5.00 Kevin Kenyon
Associate Vice-President, Facilites, Planning & Management
Facilites, Planning & Management
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Total number of degree-seeking students enrolled at the institution:
18,241

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

Number of students served by the program to whom peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education is offered (1st program):
7,370

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (1st program):

The Residence Hall Energy Challenge is what we're best known for. The Challenge is a four week competition among residence halls to save as much energy as they can. Before the competition, Facilities Planning and Management measures how much energy each residence hall uses on average. That energy use is called its baseline. From the baseline, the energy used during the Challenge is compared for each residence hall. The residence hall that saves the most energy in four weeks is the overall winner! BEAT throws a celebration party for the winning residence hall and its residents receive a lamp trophy to keep for the time they are the winners.


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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