Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.78
Liaison Monika Kamboures
Submission Date April 10, 2014
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California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
ER-1: Student Sustainability Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.00 / 5.00 Deborah Scheider
Project Coordinator
Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies
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Total number of degree-seeking students enrolled at the institution:
20,947

Program name (1st program):
PowerSave Green Campus

Number of students served by the program to whom peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education is offered (1st program):
2,000

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

Since 2006 PowerSave campus interns work closely with faculty, staff, students, and administrators to promote energy and water efficiency. Activities include multiple energy audits, sprinkler awareness project, library kiosk project, McCoy's equestrian community project, publishing of quarterly sustainability course guide for Cal Poly Pomona students.


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

On-campus recruitment for students in a variety of academic programs (not limited to any particular program of study). Qualified applicants are selected for interviews with the current interns, campus staff, and Alliance to Save Energy staff.


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

The Alliance to Save Energy provides students with formal training throughout the year. This is typically in conjunction with the other 15 campuses in CA where similar programs exist. This also allows for networking between the interns.


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

PowerSave interns collaborate with many stakeholders across the campus, including the Manager of Energy Services, who provides guidance, technical support, and institutional knowlegde for the interns as they work on campus projects.
As various projects come up, PowerSave Green Campus interns work with additional stakeholders, such as housing, parking/ transportation services, and academic affairs.


The website URL for 1st Program:
Program name (2nd program):
ASI Sustainability Task Force

Number of students to whom peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education is offered (2nd program):
20,947

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (2nd program):

ASI (Associated Students Incorporated) Sustainability Task Force advances environmental sustainability in all ASI facilities, including the Bronco Student Center as well as promoting sustainable practices in all student clubs and student led programs.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected (2nd program):

The task force is led by the Secretary of Sustainability, which is a position appointed by the ASI Student Governmental body. Task Force members consist of volunteer students primarily from environmental clubs and selected faculty and staff advisors. Participants are selected based on their environmental knowledge, passion and programming experience.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (2nd program):

Participants receive training via educational sessions offered at Task Force meetings. In addition additional resources are available for Task Force members to participate in workshops, conferences, or other educational opportunities.


A brief description of the staff and/or other financial support the institution provides to the program (2nd program):

Staff support is provided by professional members of ASI. Student fees support the work of the Task Force. In addition, faculty and staff serve as voluntary advisors to the Task Force.


The website URL for 2nd program:
Program name (3rd program):
Housing Sustainability Initiatives

Number of students to whom peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education is offered (3rd program):
3,708

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (3rd program):

ResLife Student Staff lead ongoing initiatives and programming opportunities for all on-campus residents. Activities and programming include gardening, recycling education, and sustainable living skills.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected (3rd program):

ResLife Student staff apply for annual positions and are selected based on their programming and leaderships skills.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (3rd program):

Student Staff participate in a 4 week training intensive that includes environmental sustainability as well as programming and leadership development.


A brief description of the staff and/or other financial support the institution provides to the program (3rd program):

Student ResLife staff are supported by ResLife Professional staff as well as voluntary support from other campus entities including the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies, ASI, the Climate Task Force and Green Campus Programs.


The website URL for 3rd program:
Program name (All other programs):
Green Team

Number of students to whom peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education is offered (All other programs):
3,500

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (All other programs):

Green Team is the student led environmental club and started in 2004. They sponsor numerous activities and events annually, including Earth Day celebrations, film screenings, e-waste drives, discussion panels and lectures. Annual campus events include a “Free-Store”, an alternative marketplace where people can exchange goods for free and "local food" fair.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected (All other programs):

This is a volunteer student club open to all CPP students.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (All other programs):

There is no formal training however many students come from environmentally focused degree programs.


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

The club has a faculty advisor and is administered through ASI providing them access to ASI services, funds and facilities.


The website URL for all other programs:

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