Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.93
Liaison Christina Erickson
Submission Date May 9, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Champlain College
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.83 / 4.00 Christina Erickson
Sustainability Director
Campus Planning
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
2222

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):
1572

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
70.75

Name of the student educators program:
Eco-Reps Program

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
1572

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

Eco-Reps are peer educators living in college residence halls that model environmentally responsible living behaviors and conduct education and outreach to fellow residents. Eco-Reps are trained and coordinated by the Director for Service & Sustainability Learning who connects them to appropriate campus personnel and resources. Eco-Rep activities are generally focused within the residential areas of campus, but can extend to broader campus issues when most applicable. Eco-Reps also act as the additional "eyes & ears" regarding the physical operations of the buildings and alert Physical Plant staff if necessary.

Eco-Reps meet on a weekly basis. Each month has a theme and related events & activities. Students are provided with related resources and a to-do list for the month. Throughout the year, students participate in trainings that include team-building exercises and program orientation, among other activities.

Activity Examples:
-Set up a bulletin board in their residence hall and post information
-Collaborate with residential life staff on residence hall programming opportunities, such as the annual Kill-A-Watt Challenge
-Conduct audits of the waste bins in their building
-Be a resource person for students in the residence hall
-Promote the Green Room Certification Program
-Act as "eyes & ears" regarding residence hall operations and report accordingly to Physical Plant staff
-Conduct energy audits of appliances in residence halls
-Conduct surveys about ecological issues
-Attend meetings to plan activities and provide feedback to the Director for Service & Sustainability Learning
-Assist with waste reduction activities at move in/move out
-Set up and staff environmental information tables and exhibits
-Go on tours of local sites such as Green Mountain Compost and the Material Recovery Facility
-Participate in Sustain Champlain committees
-Develop programs and projects related to their interests


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

Eco-Reps must apply for the position by filling out an application which also asks for a resume and references. A brief interview is held with chosen applicants.

Time Commitment:
Eco-Reps commit an average of 4 hours/week including a 1-hour meetings on most Mondays (3:30-5:00 pm). Much of their work is done independently, on their own schedule. There will be requests for participation in occasional group events and training opportunities.

Qualifications:
Effective communication skills (through a variety of means)
Ability to work independently and collaboratively
Ability to see projects through to completion
Ability to learn information about environmental topics and relate that information to their peers
Enthusiastic, engaging individuals who are passionate about environmental and social issues
Students who can be held accountable for their work
Creativity and fun

What’s in it for Eco-Reps:
-$10.70/hour for four hours of work per week. (Students do not have to be Work Study eligible, but they can use this position as a Work Study Job.)
-Professional development, leadership, and peer education skills
-Knowledge of environmental and social topics
-The experience of working with other passionate students


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

Eco-Reps are trained and coordinated by the Director for Service & Sustainability Learning who connects them to appropriate campus personnel and resources.

Student Eco-Reps will meet on a weekly basis. Each month will have a theme and related events & activities. Students will be provided related resources and to-do list for the month.

Themes: Recycling & Composting; Energy; Food; Transportation; Water; Conscious Consumption; Environmental Health & Justice

Training/Professional Development Topics: How to host an event; Effective Communication; Community Based Social Marketing; Time Management for Student Leaders; Collaborations across campus

Week 1: discuss topic, brainstorm activities
Week 2: campus manager/speaker relevant to topic; receive to-do list
Week 3: follow up on to-do list activities & events
Week 4: professional development speaker/workshop; to-do list due; next topic given to Eco-Reps

Throughout the year, student Eco-Reps will participate in trainings that include: team-building exercises, program orientation, among other activities.


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):

Eco-Reps are paid $10.70 an hour which comes from the Center for Service & Sustainability budget and the Work Study budget. They are supported with programming funds and staffing from the Director for Service & Sustainability Learning, Christina Erickson.


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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 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):
448

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Used total # of undergraduate, non-online students for # of degree-seeking students.
Total # students served - average between fall & spring residential students.
Total # of hours = 4 hours per week (average) for 28 weeks x 20 Eco-Reps

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