Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.96
Liaison Stephanie Corbett
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Case Western Reserve University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.38 / 4.00 Erin Kollar
Assistant Director Sustainability
Office of Energy & Sustainability
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
11,664

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):
4,030

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
34.55

Name of the student educators program:
Student Sustainability Ambassadors

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
2,000

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

The Office for Sustainability has 16 students in paid positions as Student Sustainability Ambassadors. The Ambassadors undergo 8+ hours of training and are charged with working 30 hours per semester working on different outreach programs including presentations, tabling, and events on a variety of sustainability topics such as tree campus USA, sustainable transportation, recycling, freecycling, green building and energy awareness.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

The Sustainability Ambassadors apply to the Office for Sustainability annually, where they answer application questions regarding their interests, experiences, and major. Applicants are screened and interviewed and chosen based on knowledge, diversity of experiences, and enthusiasm. They are required to complete 30 hours of service per semester.


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

Student Sustainability Ambassadors undergo 8+ hours of training on the full range of campus sustainability-related topics, as well as global themes in sustainability. Ambassadors meet weekly with the Office for Sustainability staff to help move their projects forward, plan events, and collaborate with each other on their projects. During these meetings they are often given additional training on effective ways to conduct their outreach.


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 for Sustainability pays the students an hourly rate out of our budget.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Food Recovery Network

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
1,000

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

The Food Recovery Network (FRN) is a student organization and a chapter associated with the national nonprofit. Their goal is to reduce waste while feeding more people. These students have partnered with campus dining vendor Bon Appetit to collect unused food and bring it to soup kitchens. The FRN works with students from the School of Medicine to educate the student body with presentations about nutrition, public health, and food waste.


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

Students applied to become a new official chapter of FRN based on their passion and knowledge of food-based disparities in America. Participation in the FRN is a voluntary commitment for those interested.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (2nd program):

Students draw expertise directly from FRN, Bon Appetit, and the School of Medicine to prepare and coordinate outreach materials.


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):

CWRU's FRN often has a faculty adviser to oversee events and programs.


Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
Student Sustainability Council

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (3rd program):
1,110

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

The SSC is a student-led organization that promotes sustainable habits among students throughout campus. They organize specific events such as the annual Farm Harvest Festival (link below) aimed at raising awareness and educating all attendees about sustainable practices. The event takes place at the CWRU-operated Squire Valleevue Farm, and includes things like herbs planting, mushroom production demonstration, fresh food cooking demonstrations, knitting, beeswax lip balm making, and other activities. Throughout the event, the SSC members educate attendees about the campus Farm Food Program, which helps supply local food to campus dining halls. It is heavily attended by students. SSC also comes in contact with peers through other programs and tabling events.

https://students.case.edu/traditions/events/harvest/


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

Members of the SSC join the organization at will.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (3rd program):

Many of the students in the SSC are enrolled in sustainability-related programs.


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):

SSC fundraises for its own events, and often receives additional funds from the Farm Food Program to put on events. The SSC is a committee within the Undergraduate Student Government, and gets an allocation from USG as well.


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:

Two additional organizations (Slow Food and Net Impact) are smaller, student-led groups that do occasional sustainability-themed outreach & education events on campus. For example, Slow Food performs peer to peer education throughout Food Week to demonstrate the importance of sourcing food locally and minimizing waste. Net Impact is focused on the work of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit (link below). They host events that highlight the School of Business' activity promoting sustainable enterprise and entrepreneurship. The estimated additional peer to peer impact is 220 students.

https://weatherhead.case.edu/centers/fowler/about/


Total number of hours student educators are engaged in peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education activities annually (all programs):
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