Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.47
Liaison Ian Johnson
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Colorado College
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.53 / 4.00 Ian Johnson
Sustainability Director
Office of Sustainability
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Number of students enrolled for credit:
2,239

Total number of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
1,714

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
76.55

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
ECO-RAs

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

This program is on pause for this year due to Covid, but will resume next year. This program description is from the 2019-2020 academic year.

The Colorado College Eco-RA program, supported by the Sustainability Office, promotes peer-to-peer education to foster sustainable living practices on and off campus. All residential areas, including large residence halls, apartments, smaller campus houses and off-campus areas are served by one or more student Eco-RA. Selected Eco-RA’s educate locally in their respective residential spaces, through formal and informal programming, marketing materials, and events. In addition, ECO-RA’s implement conservation measures in their residential areas. Examples of activities include monitoring and reporting on energy and water use, identifying opportunities to minimize paper waste, coordinating CFL light bulb exchanges, and supporting material reuse & recycling.


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

All students living on campus are served by the EcoRA program because the RAs educate their residential areas on how to be more sustainable. The RAs also implement conservation measures in their halls.


Number of trained student educators (1st program):
11

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (1st program):
38

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (1st program):
3

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (1st program):
1,254

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (1st program):
Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Sense of Place - New Student Orientation Program

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

New Student Orientation occured during the 2020-2021 school year, but fewer trips occured. The topics of sustainability were still included during the online orientation and there were 114 New Student Orientation leaders this year.

The program was built to familiarize new students to the unique ecology and community of Colorado Springs while fostering the spirit of sustainability that Colorado College aims to embody. The presentation introduced students to plant, bird, and animal species within the area as well as the energy and waste disposal systems that support Colorado Springs and Colorado College.

In terms of the student educators who work on New Student Orientation, upperclassmen can apply to be New Student Orientation Interns and New Student Orientation Priddy Trip Leaders. Both job positions require a general training so those students are equipped to teach their knowledge to incoming students. More specifically, New Student Orientation Intern training includes teaching students about waste disposal, energy, local ecology, and more. The peer-educators also help build a sense of responsibility for fostering sustainability on campus among the incoming students.

Students are additionally taken on four day outdoor community service trips where they become familiarized with the nature and culture of the place they visit. Student leaders are choosen to lead trips and their training focuses on the importance of community and the importance of respecting the land that you occupy. The student leaders of these trips encourage new students to develop a sense of social responsibility and respect for their new home which in turn promotes sustainable practices. Before and during the trip, the leaders work hard to build a sense of community with all of the students on the trip and build a sense of respect for the environment. They make sure that the students understand "Leave No Trace Principles", how to camp without changing the landscape, and more general sustainability principles used when spending time outside.

The 5 hours a week worked per trainiend student educators includes just the alocated time leaders/NSO Interns are required to spend teaching students about sustainability.


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

The target audience for New Student Orientation is all incoming first year students and transfers.


Number of trained student educators (2nd program):
114

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (2nd program):
1

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (2nd program):
5

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (2nd program):
570

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

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

Each intern at the Office of Sustainability has chosen a group of student volunteers that helps them to complete sustainability projects. This mentoring program is intended to get students involved with promoting sustainability on campus and introduce students to the Office of Sustainability early on in their CC careers.


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

The target audience would be all of the volunteers who are working with the office whether it is with an intern or with overall projects.


Number of trained student educators (3rd program):
6

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (3rd program):
41

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (3rd program):
13

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (3rd program):
3,198

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):
5,022

Hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators per student served by a peer-to-peer program:
2.93

Website URL where information about the student sustainability educators programs is available:
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