Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.50
Liaison Elaine Durr
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Elon University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.16 / 4.00 Kelly Harer
Assistant Director of Sustainability for Education and Outreach
Office of Sustainability
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
6739

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):
3645

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
54.09

Name of the student educators program:
Eco-Reps

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
3645

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

The Eco-Reps program is a peer education program dedicated to raising awareness of sustainability issues and encouraging environmentally, socially and economically responsible behavior. Eco-Reps educate their peers about environmental issues, such as population growth and waste generation, through Sustainable Living Lessons as requested by faculty and staff for appropriate classes. Each residential neighborhood has an Eco-Rep to assist with sustainability programming and awareness. Eco-Reps also offer Guided Campus Sustainability Tours by request of faculty and staff. During these tours, Eco-Reps point out sustainable operational features at Elon and encourage students to create sustainable habits to supplement these features. Eco-Reps also assist in the development and execution of various environmental sustainability awareness activities on campus. Outreach activities have included trivia, pumpkin carving with compost awareness, stress relief and potting edible plants.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

There is an application and interview process in the spring for the following school year's Eco-Reps. To apply, students must first submit a completed application form and resume, and then complete an individual and peer interview. One Eco-Rep is selected for each residential neighborhood (including expanded housing) of which there are eight.


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

At the beginning of the fall semester the Eco-Reps have 1.5 days of training led by the Assistant Director for Education and Outreach in the Office of Sustainability. There are two components to the Eco-Reps program: providing Sustainable Living Lessons and Guided Campus Sustainability Tours to first-year classes (upon request) and serving as a sustainability resource (via outreach and programming) for a residential neighborhood. The following topics are covered in the training: Elon's sustainability initiatives, an introduction to the Sustainable Living Lesson they will be giving to first-year classes (additional practice sessions are scheduled after the initial training weekend), peer education and their role as a peer educator, consumerism, handling challenging situations (including role-playing), methods and strategies for providing outreach in their residential neighborhoods and approaches to behavior change. To conclude training Eco-Reps also participate in a low-ropes challenge course which facilitates bonding among the group and is also educational.


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):

The Eco-Reps program is managed by the Assistant Director for Education and Outreach in the Office of Sustainability along with a Student Coordinator (who is a paid intern in the Office of Sustainability). The Eco-Reps are paid for up to 6 hours/week at a minimum of $9.00/hr. Each Eco-Rep has a $150/year budget for use on programming in his/her neighborhood.


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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):
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