Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.70
Liaison David Gibson
Submission Date March 30, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Hampshire College
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Steven Roof
Dean of the School of Natural Science
Natural Science
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
1268

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):
1268

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

Name of the student educators program:
New Leaf

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
1268

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

New Leaf focuses on empowering its members to create and implement sustainability initiatives on campus and in the Five Colleges. Group meetings focus on helping students build a foundation of knowledge about sustainable solutions, and skills to create programming to promote those solutions.

New Leaf organizes community potlucks for Hampshire & Five College students focused on sustainability issues; they collaborate with division 3 students who need student support for their sustainable projects; educate the campus community about sustainable solutions through art; work with the facilities and grounds staff to promote sustainable waste reduction projects; provide composting solutions for students, staff, and faculty.

The New Leaf student group focuses on campus initiatives to reduce the campus carbon footprint. Currently, New Leaf is leading a campaign on campus to eliminate single use plastics throughout all areas on campus. This includes partnering with a local Bag Share organization to offer handmade reusable bags on campus that are intended to be used and shared across campus. New Leaf is working closely with the student-run co-op Mixed Nuts and the Hampshire College Farm to encourage a transition to biodegradable plastics. While actively organizing to reduce single use plastics on campus, New Leaf has installed collection containers for plastic #4 bags/film/wrap in order to recycle those materials properly.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

Self selection; student organizations


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

Sent to conferences through the office of Campus Leadership and Activities. Collaborate in training with environmental groups at all the Five College campuses.


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):

New Leaf gets funding through the Student Activities fee for initiatives and programming and travel.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Greenhouse Student Group

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
1268

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

The Greenhouse Student Group works to upkeep two spaces around campus, the Cole Science Bioshelter, and the Enfield Solar Greenhouse, so that the community can access, and efficiently use the spaces. The Cole Science Center Bioshelter is a community space for students and faculty to learn about plants and be surrounded by their beauty. This space is often used by students who are pursuing concentrations in sustainable agriculture, and ecology. The Enfield Solar Greenhouse is a student run community space that educates the community through gardening, food, and creative expression. They hold events that educate the campus community on a range of sustainability topics, like how to make healthy meals with local ingredients, and how to grow your own food.


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

Members of the student group are self-selecting. Some members of the group are usually hired and employed by the Hampshire College Farm.


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

The Greenhouse Student Group interfaces with the Hampshire College Farm and receives training and mentorship from Nancy Hanson, the CSA Manager. They also work with NS faculty to upkeep the Cole Science Center Bioshelter.


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):

Student Groups are eligible for financial support through Fundcom.
The Greenhouse Student Group also interacts within the larger context of Food Farm and Sustainability initiatives on campus. The group is represented on the Food Farm and Sustainability Advisory Committee.


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:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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