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Liaison Cheri Chastain
Submission Date Nov. 19, 2013
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California State University, Chico
ER-1: Student Sustainability Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Eli Goodsell
Sustainability Program Coordinator
Associated Students Sustainability
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Total number of degree-seeking students enrolled at the institution:
14960

Program name (1st program):
AS Sustainability Outreach & Education Team

Number of students served by the program to whom peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education is offered (1st program):
14960

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

The AS Sustainability Outreach & Education Team's mission is to educate the campus community on a variety of topics related to sustainability. They have completed or are currently pursuing outreach and education campaigns on fracking, bottled water, GMO's, local food, waste reduction, and plastic bag bans. These campaigns consist of tabling, digital and physical outreach materials (such as fliers, posters, email blasts, etc.), social media, physical demonstrations, and class talks.


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

The Outreach & Education Team is managed by the Outreach & Education Coordinator. This is a student position that is hired by and reports to the Associated Students Program Coordinator for Sustainability. The Outreach & Education Coordinator receives applications and conducts interviews at the beginning of each semester to select 5-10 interns to make up the Outreach & Education Team. Interns are selected based on communication, research, and marketing skills as well as a commitment to sustainability.


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

Student educators go through a formal training once they are selected as interns for the Outreach & Education Team. This training includes (but is not limited to):
-Tracking Hours
-Project Management
-Communication Etiquette/Responsibility
-Fact Checking
-Campus Networking Opportunities


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

The Outreach & Education Team is a subsidiary group of the Associated Students Sustainability Program. The Sustainability Program is coordinated by the Program Coordinator for Sustainability, which is a full time career staff position within the Associated Students. Student fee's fund the AS Sustainability Program's operations and thus support the Outreach & Education Team. The team is allocated funds each semester from the AS Sustainability Program as a whole. The budget for the team varies each year, but can reach up to $2,000 annually. These funds are used for outreach materials and education events.


The website URL for 1st Program:
Program name (2nd program):
Alternative Transportation Group

Number of students to whom peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education is offered (2nd program):
14960

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

The mission of the ATG is to focus on education and outreach to the campus community about alternative forms of transportation. Alternative modes of transportation that are advocated include walking, biking, car-sharing, carpooling, public transit and others. To facilitate change in the realm of transportation, the ATG organizes campus outreach programs including tabling, materials distribution, marketing campaigns and events.


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

Students are recruited mostly from the Geography and Planning Department, others with strong interest in transportation planning and/or alternative transportation are also recruited.


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

Students go through a multi-week training session that covers all of the alternative transportation options the university promotes. This training includes coordinated web-based trainings with Zipcar campus reps and Zimride campus reps, as well as in-depth information about subsidized bus-ridership, biking, alternative fuel vehicles and others.


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

The program is closely advised by the Campus Sustainability Coordinator, who supports the training and coordinates many of the group's outreach efforts.


The website URL for 2nd program:
Program name (3rd program):
Compost Display Area & Garden

Number of students to whom peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education is offered (3rd program):
14960

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

Composting diverts wastes that are currently going to the landfill. Composting also improves the fertility and health of gardens and gives an opportunity to learn about the process of decomposition. It is easy, inexpensive and fun.


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

Two Compost Education Co-Coordinators are selected based on their knowledge of organic gardening, composting, and their public speaking skills.


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

Compost Education Coordinators have a fairly comprehensive information binder passed down (and improved) since the late 1990's, they also attend webinars and conduct independent research when developing their compost education workshops. Once a workshop is developed, it is presented to the Associated Students (AS) Program Coordinator for Sustainability for approval/improvement suggestions.


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

The Compost Education Coordinators are paid student positions at a combined 15-20 hours a week. The coordinators are overseen by the AS Program Coordinator for Sustainability. All staff wages and garden upkeep/improvement costs come from the AS Sustainability program.


The website URL for 3rd program:
Program name (All other programs):
PowerSave Campus

Number of students to whom peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education is offered (All other programs):
14960

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

The PowerSave Campus Program is a student-driven energy efficiency education program that promotes careers in the field, generates actual energy savings, increases awareness of the importance of energy efficiency, and encourages academic infusion of sustainability concepts.

Projects range from energy audits and assessments, residential and laboratory energy competitions, intern-led and faculty sponsored academic courses, green career fairs, and energy efficiency technology retrofits.

PowerSave Campus interns work closely with faculty, staff, administrators and other students to engage them in their projects, spearheading educational campaigns that involve the entire campus community.


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

PowerSave Campus team members are selected through an application and interview process. The Team's Program Rep from the Alliance to Save Energy oversees the process, which is coordinated and carried out by the current members of the team and advised by the Campus Sustainability Coordinator.


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

Team members receive formal training from the Alliance to Save Energy and all participate in two annual statewide program summits which have a focus on education, training, and professional development.


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

The Institute for Sustainable Development provides administrative support to the group on campus, office space for the group to operate out of, and advisory support from the Campus Sustainability Coordinator. The Manager of Utilities and Sustainability in Facilities Management and Services also provides advisory support and assists with project coordination.


The website URL for all other programs:

These programs and their educational / outreach services are open to and marketed to all students on campus.

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