Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 39.53
Liaison Ellie Perry
Submission Date July 27, 2018
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California State University, Dominguez Hills
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.22 / 4.00 Ellie Perry
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Services
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
14635

Total number of students enrolled for credit that are served (i.e. directly targeted) by a student peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting to the extent feasible):
787

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
5.38

Name of the student educators program:
Office of Sustainability - Sustainability Internship Program

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
787

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities:

A mix of paid and student volunteer interns conduct peer-to-peer outreach activities as part of an annual academic year campaign schedule including October's Sustainability Month, March's Race to Reduce Month, and Earth Day.

Activities for these outreach campaigns are all focused on engaging student peers, and activities range from traditional tabling to educate students on how to "go green", support for green careers at job fair events, organizing service-days to gain an appreciation for native gardens, and much more. October's Sustainability Month which included 5 weeks of program won a statewide best practice award for Data Driven Communications at the California Higher Education Conference in July of 2018.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

Student interns are hired through the Office of Sustainability based on a competitive interview process. Candidates are selected based on their interest and passion for sustainability topics as well as their interest and ability to engage student peers on these topics.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach:

After selection, they receive weekly trainings during their first semester on the job on an established number of sustainability topics (e.g. sustainability 101, energy efficiency, water efficiency, recycling, transportation, etc.) as well as marketing. They also are brought into the planning process for outreach events, and taught the fundamentals of effective outreach techniques. They are also paired directly with the Sustainability Coordinator or an intern who has tabled before at all outreach events to ensure mentorship.


A brief description of the financial and/or administrative support the institution provides to the program (e.g. annual budget and/or faculty/staff coordination):

The Office of Sustainability directly provides 40 hours a week of paid intern time that is split across the team from its own funds (currently supporting three paid interns), and works with outside grants (supports two paid interns) and other on-campus departments (supports two paid interns) to pay the other interns managed. They are all managed and trained together, and are given full implementation budgets based on their project areas (either directly through the departments that fund them or through outside grants).


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
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Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
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A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (2nd program):
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A brief description of how the student educators are selected (2nd program):
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A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (2nd program):
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A brief description of the financial and/or administrative support the institution provides to the program (e.g. annual budget and/or faculty/staff coordination) (2nd program):
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Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
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Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (3rd program):
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A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (3rd program):
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A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (3rd program):
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A brief description of the financial and/or administrative support the institution provides to the program (e.g. annual budget and/or faculty/staff coordination) (3rd program):
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A brief description of all other student peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs, including the number of students served and how student educators are selected, trained, and supported by the institution:
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Total number of hours student educators are engaged in peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education activities annually (all programs):
125

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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