Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.09
Liaison Joseph Kahn
Submission Date Oct. 15, 2020

STARS v2.2

Central Michigan University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.30 / 4.00 Eric Urbaniak
Student Reviewer
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Number of students enrolled for credit:
21,705

Total number of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
14,155

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
65.22

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Leave No Trace Student Certification Outreach Initiative

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

Leave No Trace students are trained to become experts and engage all students on campus through outreach and education initiatives. Leave No Trace ethical standards, promote low impact recreation whilst infusing a sense of responsibility to environmental stewardship in followers.


A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (1st program):

Leave No Trace strives to educate ALL users of the outdoors with the tools to leave minimum impacts on the natural areas the visit. They help the parks and recreation department with campus events to educate the community about environmental sustainability. Examples of these events include climate summits, Earth Day, and more.


Number of trained student educators (1st program):
350

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (1st program):
30

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (1st program):
1

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (1st program):
10,500

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (1st program):
Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Sustainability Advocate

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

A member of Hall Council will have a student representative elected the Sustainability Advocate. This person will be tasked with; assisting and or promoting hall programs involving sustainability, attend student group sustainability coalition meeting, be active on hall council, and meet with Hall Director periodically to clarify and or share sustainability ideas. Administratively, this position is monitored through campus residence life, and funded through the University.


A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (2nd program):

The Sustainability Advocate of each residence hall is responsible for informing and educating the residents living in their assigned residence hall about sustainable practices. They run a sustainability team monitored by campus residence life. This is done through weekly presentations at hall counsel to all attending residents, as well as a weekly "Green Teams," in which anyone can volunteer to learn about recycling, and pick up all the dorms recycled materials in a given residence hall. Through these methods, all students receive environmental sustainability education in a community-based setting.

The provided website mentions the sustainability advocate position, while the document attached includes specific roles. Information can be found in article 3, section 13 of the attached document "LarzelereConstitution."

Through this program, every student at CMU receives some sustainability outreach. All students are required to live on campus for their first year, and are therefore educated on a weekly basis on recycling practices when the green teams collect recycling.


Number of trained student educators (2nd program):
21

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (2nd program):
30

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (2nd program):
3

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (2nd program):
1,890

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (2nd program):
Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
Student Sustainability Coalition

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

The Student Sustainability Coalition is a university-wide cross-campus initiative to promote sustainability through education and action. One goal is to serve as a clearinghouse for "all-things-sustainable" across campus and the local community. The Coalition hosts monthly sustainability meetings, identifies and promotes a monthly sustainability theme, and organizes the annual Environmental Advocacy Conference in order to promote sustainability to the campus and local populations.


A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (3rd program):

The target audience is all of CMU's campus; all students, faculty and staff with the primary target of students.

The current Student Sustainability Coalition is a volunteer (unpaid) organization which has limited formal training, with the exception of monthly presentations on components of sustainability.

Information can be found on the CMU Sustainability Coalition Facebook page attached.


Number of trained student educators (3rd program):
78

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (3rd program):
30

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (3rd program):
2

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (3rd program):
2,340

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (3rd program):
A brief description of all other student peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs:

The Central Michigan University Alternative Breaks Program supports cultural, social, and environmental sustainability education through peer to peer meetings, and day, weekend, and week-long volunteer experiences. Over 40 breaks are offered annually, which involve approximately 300 students in total. For each break, 8 hours worth of educational meetings occur prior to the trip, followed by a sustainability-focused volunteer trip to a community partner in need. Participating students are led on these volunteer trips by one or two alternative break coordinators, who are students that have been trained and educated on issues. In the meetings prior to the trip, these trained students coordinate educational discussions, share informational resources, and promote further research into sustainability issues and solutions.


Number of trained student educators (all other programs):
80

Number of weeks, on average, the student educators programs are active annually (all other programs):
30

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per student educator (all other programs) :
4

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (all other programs):
9,600

Grand total number of hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators (all programs):
24,330

Hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators per student served by a peer-to-peer program:
1.72

Website URL where information about the student sustainability educators programs is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The amount of students impacted by peer to peer sustainability training is so high because several of these programs often host informational tables and poster presentations to students passing through the Library or University Center. These are informal, but it is estimated that nearly all students are impacted by one of these presentations or informational training sessions annually.

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