Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.30
Liaison Laura Hamstra
Submission Date Feb. 9, 2017
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STARS v2.0

Durham College
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Tanya Roberts
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Management
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Does the institution coordinate one or more ongoing student, peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs that meet the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

Number of degree-seeking students enrolled at the institution:
11000

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
The DC Student Green Team

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (1st program):
11000

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (1st program):

As an extension of the Living Green platform at Durham College, the Green Team exists to provide students with the opportunity to contribute towards the development of creative ideas and solutions aimed at advancing campus sustainability initiatives. The Green Team works with Durham College’s Sustainability Committee members to develop goals, raise awareness and participate in sustainability events and projects. Volunteers are eligible for co-curricular recognition and play an active role in transforming the college. Green Team members are actively involved in campus-wide outreach campaigns and peer-to-peer student engagement throughout the year.


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

Students have the opportunity each year to apply to the Green Team, which is recognized through our Co-Curricular program. Student recruitment for the Green Team takes place at the beginning of each semester as well as throughout the semester. Students are eligible for volunteer and leadership points which go towards their record of involvement and leadership. Students apply online and are interviewed for a select number of positions (15-20/year). They are considered the Sustainability experts amongst their peers and lead all outreach and engagement campaigns.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (1st program):

Students are given a tour of the campus and facilities by the Sustainability Coordinator and key facilities Managers and are informed of past and present sustainability initiatives. They are then part of a brainstorming session where a new project idea is created to focus on for the academic year.


A brief description of the financial or other support the institution provides to the program (1st program):

There is some budget from the Sustainability Office to encourage student projects and support students so that they can attend core events and conferences. Past events and conferences include: IMPACT! The Co-operators Youth Program for Sustainability Leadership Conference, OSEA's Powering Prosperity Awards. A fund was also created through our e-waste program to support student projects and events.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Student Placements with the Sustainability Office

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
1000

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (2nd program):

Students are required to complete 80 hours of volunteer placement hours. In 2014, the Sustainability Office became a placement host for students and has served over 20 students over the past 2 years.


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

Key professors inform their students of the opportunity and students submit their resumes, which are forwarded to the Sustainability Office. Student interviews are arranged and chosen based on credentials and fit.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (2nd program):

Placement students are given a tour of the facilities with appropriate Facilities Managers and are given a briefing of the campuses past and current sustainability initiatives, programs, etc. Students are trained how to manage programs and are responsible for project assistance, etc.


A brief description of the financial or other support the institution provides to the program (2nd program):

The Sustainability Office is a Placement Host for interested students seeking completion of the required 80 placement hours. Programs range from Environmental Technology, Operations and the International Office. Resources, such as the supervision from the Sustainability Coordinator are allocated to this program.


Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
Sustainability Office Outreach & Engagment

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (3rd program):
1000

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (3rd program):

The Sustainability Coordinator gives presentations on the Living Green Initiative to students each semester and is actively involved in orientation activities and oversees student recruitment.


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

The Sustainability Coordinator has created a presentation about the Sustainability Office and Living Green Initiative to give to students during orientation weeks as well as in classrooms across departments.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (3rd program):

N/A


A brief description of the financial or other support the institution provides to the program (3rd program):

As student outreach and engagement is part of the Sustainability Coordinator's role, this activity is supported through the Sustainability Office.


Name(s) of the student educator program(s) (all other programs):
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Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by all other student educator programs:
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A brief description of the program(s), including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (all other programs):
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A brief description of how the student educators are selected (all other programs):
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A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (all other programs):
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A brief description of the financial or other support the institution provides to the program (all other programs):
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Total number of hours student educators are engaged in peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education activities annually:
2000

The website URL for the peer-to-peer student outreach and education program(s):

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