Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 77.56
Liaison John Pumilio
Submission Date Oct. 11, 2022

STARS v2.2

Colgate University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 John Pumilio
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability Office
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Number of students enrolled for credit:
2,676

Total number of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
2,676

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
100

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Office of Sustainability Internship Program

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

Each year, the Office of Sustainability hires over a dozen student interns to promote sustainable behavior on campus, plan and coordinate events, and run programming for the year. These interns lead critical campus sustainability endeavors such as the Green Bikes program, mentoring the first-year volunteer sustainability representatives (S-Reps), 13 Days of Green, the Oak Events program, annual Race to Zero Waste competition, presenting the results of our annual Greenhouse Gas Inventory, and behavior changes among the student body focused on recycling, energy efficiency, and food waste. These student educators are trained by the Office of Sustainability, and the students take part in weekly professional development training sessions throughout their time in the internship.


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

The Colgate Sustainability interns primarily engage in behavior change programming targeted at the entire Colgate student body but special focus is placed on programs aligning with our Residential Commons programs. Examples include informational tabling in central campus locations, running programs such as Race to Zero Waste, hosting sustainability-oriented events during our annual 13 Days of Green, running educational campaigns on social media, editing and publishing our monthly Sustainability Newsletter, and running weekly sustainability courses that students can take for Physical Education credit. The interns also work on programs that impact faculty and staff. For example, the Greenhouse Gas Inventory is worked on by sustainability interns, and the results are used to determine Colgate's annual offset purchase. Additionally, the interns run the Oak Events program, which is a sustainable event certification program that all campus event planners are encouraged to use.


Number of trained student educators (1st program):
14

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):
10

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (1st program):
4,200

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (1st program):
Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Sustainability Representatives (S-Reps) Leadership Development Program

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

Often referred to as the "S-Rep" program, it is an introduction for first-year students to Colgate's sustainability efforts and programs. The program equips these new students with the necessary skills and information to improve sustainable practices in their Residential Commons community. The S-Reps are mentored and trained by Office of Sustainability student interns throughout the year-long program. S-Reps work within their Commons to develop and lead engaging educational programs to raise awareness of sustainability-related issues on and off-campus. An example of an annual program that the S-Reps run, is Colgate Unplugged. Colgate Unplugged is a two-week-long energy reduction competition that the S-Reps host between all the first-year dorms as part of their work to increase the sustainability awareness of the first-year class. Through this campaign, S-Reps use social media and in-person tabling opportunities to educate their fellow first-year students. Additionally, S-Reps run an Eco-Challenge competition between the first-year residential commons. Many of our S-Reps continue on as paid sustainability interns in their sophomore through senior years.


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

The Colgate University first-year student body. The S-Reps work through the first-year Residential Commons program, which helps them more effectively reach the entire first-year student body.


Number of trained student educators (2nd program):
22

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):
1,980

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (2nd program):
Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
Colgate Community Garden Intern Program

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

Community Garden interns work at the Colgate Community Garden and develop programs and activities to promote sustainable agriculture and food practices. Most notably, they organize "Work Parties" that encourage students and other community members to come and help out at the Community Garden. They are trained by the Community Garden program coordinator.


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

The Garden student interns organize Garden work parties, open student volunteer hours, and a weekly farm stand. Their central target audience is Colgate students.


Number of trained student educators (3rd program):
4

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):
10

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (3rd program):
1,200

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:
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Number of trained student educators (all other programs):
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Number of weeks, on average, the student educators programs are active annually (all other programs):
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Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per student educator (all other programs) :
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Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (all other programs):
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Grand total number of hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators (all programs):
7,380

Hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators per student served by a peer-to-peer program:
2.76

Website URL where information about the student sustainability educators programs is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data were taken from the 2020-2021 academic year by Jaanvi Sachdeva'21.

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