Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.54
Liaison Elaine Durr
Submission Date Feb. 19, 2020

STARS v2.2

Elon University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.74 / 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:
6,991

Total number of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
3,948

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
56.47

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Eco-Reps

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

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 clothing swap-shops, DIY body scrubs, vegetarian and vegan meal cooking events, and herb potting.
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 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, how to plan an effective event 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.
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 their neighborhood.


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

Eco-Reps target all students living on campus.


Number of trained student educators (1st program):
8

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):
5

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

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Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
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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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Grand total number of hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators (all programs):
1,200

Hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators per student served by a peer-to-peer program:
0.30

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