Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.10
Liaison Jen Jones
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

College of Charleston
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.60 / 4.00 Lucy Davis
Director Sustainable Agriculture Program
Environmental & Sustainability Studies
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Number of students enrolled for credit:
10,941

Total number of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
3,300

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
30.16

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Sustainable Agriculture Program

A brief description of the student educators program (1st program):
Sustainable Agriculture is an initiative sponsored by the Masters in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. The program manages and operates multiple student gardens, including a large garden at the Stono River Preserve and four urban gardens at downtown campus. The gardens are managed by a team of graduate assistants and undergraduate interns. All students are able (and encouraged) to receive academic credit for their work with Sustainable Agriculture. While many of our students are receiving their education in Environmental and Sustainability Studies, there are opportunities for students in all fields to become involved as we have partnerships with many on-campus and off-campus organizations. The graduate garden staff provides a volunteer-base for our efforts and informs decisions about workshops, produce offerings, and marketing. The mission of Sustainable Agriculture is to provide and support experiential education, research, and food production using sustainable lowcountry gardening practices for the College of Charleston, local schools, and Charleston regional community members. Our garden spaces are places where students can learn firsthand about agriculture, gardening, food systems, and holistic land management by engaging directly with a functioning market garden. The Student Garden at the Stono River Preserve aims to provide education in fields as diverse as soil sciences and business development by fostering a sense of ownership and encouraging students to become active participants. Volunteering and workshops are two outlets for students to literally get their hands dirty in our downtown gardens or at the Stono River Preserve, and both venues provide students with the opportunity to learn about everything from marketing strategies to the latest in sustainable agriculture techniques. By providing a stake in the life and health of the gardens, rather than mere access, these spaces will allow students to grow both mentally and physically, all while working to get good food to their fellow classmates.

A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (1st program):
The Sustainable Agriculture Program targets undergraduate and graduate students interested in gaining experience and knowledge in sustainable agriculture, sustainable food systems, urban farming, composting and food waste, and food distribution. All educational work through the Sustainable Agriculture Program is conducted by student educators.

Number of trained student educators (1st program):
10

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (1st program):
52

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (1st program):
15

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (1st program):
4,650

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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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Grand total number of hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators (all programs):
4,650

Hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators per student served by a peer-to-peer program:
1.41

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Additional documentation to support the submission:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Based on a survey done last year, about 1/3rd of the CofC population interacts or is aware of the garden in some capacity and we currently about 10,000 students enrolled. The Sustainable Agriculture Program visits all ENVT 200 courses and offer tours, we speak to all of the Charleston 40 tour guides so that they can include the gardens on their tours to prospective students, partners with 7 different clubs throughout the year to engage with hands-on team building in the gardens, First Year Experience courses are provided information for the gardens and are offered tours, along with providing over 27 volunteer days throughout the academic school year.

Based on a survey done last year, about 1/3rd of the CofC population interacts or is aware of the garden in some capacity and we currently about 10,000 students enrolled.

The Sustainable Agriculture Program visits all ENVT 200 courses and offer tours, we speak to all of the Charleston 40 tour guides so that they can include the gardens on their tours to prospective students, partners with 7 different clubs throughout the year to engage with hands-on team building in the gardens, First Year Experience courses are provided information for the gardens and are offered tours, along with providing over 27 volunteer days throughout the academic school year.

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