Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.81
Liaison Kathleen Crawford
Submission Date July 28, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Florida Gulf Coast University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Katie Leone
Sustainability Coordinator
Environmental Health & Safety
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
14,864

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):
14,864

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
100

Name of the student educators program:
Director of Sustainability, Student Government Executive Branch

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
14,864

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

Student Government allocates over $10,000.00 per year for various outreach events including Eagles' Earth Day, Forming Lasting Opportunities for Commuters (FLOC) Week, RecycleMania, documentary screenings, Farmers Markets, and other campus events that target the entire campus population.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

The Student Government Director of Sustainability position is hired by the Student Government Executive Branch.


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

The student hired as the Director of Sustainability is expected to have a sustainability-related major. In addition to their coursework, they receive mentorship from Environmental Health & Safety’s Sustainability Manager. Additional leadership training is available through Student Government, FGCU's Multicultural And Leadership Development office, and the Environmental Coalition of FGCU (ECOFGCU). When the Director of Sustainability desires additional training, there are support mechanisms to send them to off-campus professional development opportunities such as the Sierra Student Coalition's in-person comprehensive training for college-aged youth (SPROG), Power Shift, Energy Path, the AASHE Student Summit, etc.


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):

This position pays a stipend and receives a budget to host campus-wide events. This position is also integrated into FGCU's shared governance model. The Student Government Director of Sustainability sits on the University’s Environmental Sustainability Committee, University Colloquium Advisory Council, and other appropriate groups across campus.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Campus Naturalist Program

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
5,610

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

Student Naturalists act as a liaison to the campus community and particularly University Colloquium students. Most importantly, naturalists act as peer interpreters, helping students connect to the campus ecosystem and the wild side of Florida - including campus trails, native and exotic wildlife, wetland and upland ecosystems, natural and cultural resources and conservation areas. Student Naturalists also educate classes about FGCU environmental and sustainability initiatives such as LEED certified buildings, our energy conservation measures, and recycling programs. Student Naturalists primarily assist professors in leading classes at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Matanzas Pass Preserve, Downtown Fort Myers, and on the Campus Trails. Naturalists may occasionally assist with other Colloquium field trips, campus trail clean-ups and other service-learning events sponsored by the University Colloquium. Naturalists help their peers understand the natural environment they are visiting. Training is provided throughout the year. Naturalists may also be required to assist with other projects, programs or events as assigned.


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

Interested students apply to the position. They must submit an application that includes a cover letter, letter of recommendation, and resume. They are interviewed and hired by the University Colloquium Coordinator and Office Manager. During the interview, they must deliver a five-minute, oral presentation as if they are interpreting a field experience.


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

New Campus Naturalists are trained by shadowing more-seasoned naturalists and community partner site staff at every field experience location. Field experiences include campus, urban, freshwater, marine, and agricultural environments. There are 19 diverse sites in which Campus Naturalists are trained to lead field experiences.

Many Campus Naturalists also complete First-Aid/CPR Training, Certified Interpretive Guide Training, and invasive species training.


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):

Students are paid hourly from the University Colloquium budget and Student Government allocated funds. The funds allocated by Student Government are applied for annually.


Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
Peers Care

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (3rd program):
14,864

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

Peers CARE is a group of undergraduate students who are trained as Peer Educators on various topics related to student health. Peer Educators share health and wellness information with other students in fun and engaging ways. They present programs to fellow students on information related to alcohol, drugs, stress, and nutrition (to name a few!). In addition to programming, Peers participate in various campus events and projects, such as the Celebrate Your Body Week, Cash Cab and The MOST Eagles Prize Team! Learn more at http://www.fgcu.edu/wellness/peerscare.html


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

Student educators must apply and are hired by the Prevention & Wellness Office.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (3rd program):

Weekly meetings and ongoing training are provided by the Prevention & Wellness Office.


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):

Students are paid hourly.


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:

Additionally, FGCU's Office of Service-Learning employs Service-Learning Coordinators that serve as peer educators on campus in places such as the FGCU Food Forest and in the community of Southwest Florida. Students apply to the position and receive the training needed to be successful. Students are paid hourly for their work as Service-Learning Coordinators.


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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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Students served by the Student Campus Naturalists is the number served from Summer 2016-Spring 2017.

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