Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.05
Liaison Yumiko Jakobcic
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Grand Valley State University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.49 / 4.00 Amanda Rodgers
Graduate Assistant
Sustainable Community Development Initiative
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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:
24,099

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Zero-Waste Ambassadors

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (1st program):
3,000

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

Zero-Waste Ambassadors volunteer at every home football game to instruct guests on how to sort their landfill, recyclable and compostable waste. Most of the volunteers are students and most of the guests are students.


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

Zero-Waste Ambassadors are identified with the help of the Office of Student Life, Campus Dining and Facilities Services. Many of the students volunteer on an annual basis and use word of mouth to invite others.


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

Zero-Waste Ambassadors receive training from staff of The Office of Sustainability Practices on recycling and composting before every home game. A "cheat sheet" was created to serve as a guide for those unfamiliar with the processes.


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

Campus Dining provides a free meal for the Zero-Waste Ambassadors. They are also invited to collect any returnable cans from the tailgating areas before the game and use the funds as they wish.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Housing Energy Competition

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
5,997

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

Citizenship Mentors encourage residents to reduce their energy use in the living centers for an entire month. Residents compete against other buildings and classes.


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

Citizenship Mentors are a subset of Resident Advisors appointed on an annual basis by Housing staff.


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

Citizenship Mentors receive training from staff in The Office of Sustainable Practices on ways to reduce energy use and how to relate that information to residents.


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

Facilities Planning staff using energy metering devices in the participating buildings.


Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
Green Team

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (3rd program):
5,997

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

The Campus Dining Green Team is made up of students and interdisciplinary staff who work together to make the campus more sustainable through campus dining. Students and staff collaborate on yearly academic plans, as well as provide learning opportunities for peers to learn which bin (compost, recycle, landfill) campus dining containers, cutlery, food waste, etc. should be appropriately placed.


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

Green Team student leaders are hired by Campus Dining. The rest of the Green Team is composed of volunteers.


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

Green team members are provided education and subsequent materials in order to feel comfortable conversing with their peers about campus dining sustainability efforts.


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

Campus Dining pays an hourly rate to the Green Team leaders as well as offers $8/hour worth of credit in dining halls to all volunteers.


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:
960

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

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