Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 42.65
Liaison Jillian Buckholz
Submission Date April 19, 2019
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STARS v2.1

California State University, East Bay
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Jillian Buckholz
Director of Sustainability
Academic Affairs
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
15435

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):
15435

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
100

Name of the student educators program:
Sustainability Ambassadors

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
15435

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

"Sustainability student assistants (“Sustainability Ambassadors”) will work within Academic Affairs specifically in the Office of Sustainability under the direct supervision of the Director of Sustainability. The Office of Sustainability hires up to 18 positions annually (dependent on funding). Each position, if hired, is expected to work 20 hours/week. Students that have been hired in this position previously and would like to return to the program must re-apply. Returning applicants are eligible to be hired at a higher salary level, which will be determined by the Director of Sustainability.

Sustainability Ambassadors are CSUEB students who are passionate about sustainability and are committed to enhancing existing, or creating new, on-campus sustainability projects that contribute to the betterment of our campus environmentally, socially, and economically. These positions are expected to:

Participate in a beginning of the year full-day sustainability staff retreat,
Participate in regular sustainability-related trainings and staff meetings,
Participate in and staff Office of Sustainability events,
Design a new, or enhance an existing, on-campus sustainability project or program,
Create and present a formal proposal outlining project details,
Implement the approved project with the support of the Director of Sustainability and other campus faculty/staff (as necessary),
Develop a work plan and track progress in a weekly report,
Present final project at an end of the year symposium,
Showcase project during campus events such as Earth Week,
Submit project as a session proposal to the This Way to Sustainability annual conference and the California Higher Sustainability Conference,
Commit to one year with the program, and
Additional tasks as assigned."


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

Sustainability Ambassador positions are recruited through an on-line application process that requires a resume and cover letter. Application materials are reviewed by the Director of Sustainability and current, graduating Sustainability Ambassadors. Top applicants are interviewed in a group interview and re-evaluated. Top 10 - 15 students are offered a position.


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

Students attend Sustainability Camp at the beginning of the academic year. Sustainability Camp is a full day orientation and training where students learn Sustainability 101, meet other Ambassadors and campus stakeholders, and plan and pick their projects. Throughout the year, students attend weekly staff meetings with various trainings ranging from professional development to personal interest topics.


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 Sustainability Ambassador program is funded by A2E2--Academic Access, Enhancement and Excellence Fee--through University-Wide Activities and Programs (UAP). UAP provides funding to high-impact student services programs on campus, including paid internships and other programs.


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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):
600

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