Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 63.54
Liaison Meghan Wrenn
Submission Date Aug. 8, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Endicott College
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.27 / 4.00 Meghan Wrenn
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
4,482

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):
2,547

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
56.83

Name of the student educators program:
Sustainability Fellow

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
2,547

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

Under the supervision of the Office of Sustainability, the students assuming these four, yearlong, positions work campus-wide to target specific focus areas on campus, including dining, athletics, purchasing, and student activities.

The Dining Fellow works with Dining Services (Sodexo, Einstein’s, Catering) to integrate sustainability into their operations, which involves auditing dining operations, evaluating and prioritizing local food procurement, promoting zero waste initiatives, and working to minimize food waste while engaging the student body that is being served.

The Purchasing Fellow works with stakeholders on campus to promote the buying of environmentally preferable products and materials that contain recycled content, are chemical-free, produced locally, etc. while interacting with students to educate and promote healthier materials on campus.

The Athletics Fellow engages the athletic community with sustainability to leverage the cultural influence of sports on campus. Developing a recycling ambassador program for teams to take ownership to educate crowds and attend other team games. Working with team captains to help spread engagement, education and influence of sustainability programs as they relate to athletics on campus.

Finally, the Student Activities Fellow works closely with Student Activities, the Student Government Association, Community Service and Residence Life to plan events and programs that engage the entire campus community (staff and faculty included) with environmental and sustainability initiatives. Develops and runs specific educational outreach campaigns and initiatives that are broad enough to encompass entire community such as composting training.

Each of these positions involve designing and running occupant engagement programs, supervising existing sustainability projects and educating our College-wide community while communicating and collaborating with stakeholders on campus and other institutions.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

Students are required to apply and go through an interview process for the position.


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

The staff coordinator and Sustainability Fellow compile a list of goals and projects for the year that align with the student's interests and the objectives of the Office of Sustainability. Based on the student's interests and goals support is provided appropriately. Best practices are shared and students are encouraged to take what they have learned in overlapping courses (if applicable) and to research what other higher ed institutions are doing.


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 fellows are paid $12/ hour and report directly to the Office of Sustainability that is situated under the Physical Plant.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Student Recycling Program

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
2,547

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

Up to 10 students are employed each year through the Office of Sustainability to educate the community on correct behavior and to physically empty and sort recycling on campus. They promote recycling in their residence halls and work various events on campus in which they provide direction on which bin to deposit trash, recycling or compost.


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

Students who are work study approved and passionate about the environment are qualified to apply for these positions. The Office of Sustainability interviews and hires these students.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (2nd program):

Students are required to meet with the Sustainability Coordinator at the beginning of the year to be trained on how to properly sort and dispose of recycling on campus. Each student is given a handbook that they are required to follow as a Recycling Processor. As the recycling market shifts the Office of Sustainability provided updates on proper procedures for education. The College's waste hauler also provides educational material and hands on training to ensure proper information is disseminated.


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) (2nd program):

These students are paid hourly through the Federal Work Study Program. They report directly to the Office of Sustainability that is situated under the Physical Plant.


Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
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Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (3rd program):
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A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (3rd program):
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A brief description of how the student educators are selected (3rd program):
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A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (3rd program):
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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) (3rd program):
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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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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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