Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.76
Liaison James Speer
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Indiana State University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.02 / 4.00 Nicholas McCreary
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
13,045

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):
70

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
0.54

Name of the student educators program:
Sycamore Environmental Action Club

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
40

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

The student group, Sycamore Environmental Action Club (SEAC), collaborates with the Office of Sustainability to create proactive events and activities to engage fellow students in sustainability education. Each week these students meet to plan and work on upcoming service/activism projects and to have sustainability education. Students in the club are required to do at least ten hours of service (which come from the projects) each semester. Recent examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities that the club has engaged in include a showing of an environmental movie, a reusable campaign on campus, and a rain barrel art installation.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

All students are encouraged to join the student group and must sign up through the online ISU portal. Additionally, students must complete ten hours of service to be considered part of the student group.


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

The student group receives no formal training to conduct peer-to-peer outreach. Rather, they determine important issues as a group and seek out training, either from the Office of Sustainability, environmental professors, multicultural services and programs, 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):

The Sycamore Environmental Action Club has their own agency account that they fund raise to have money. The Office of Sustainability will also provide the club with money for projects or any educational opportunities. This past year the Office of Sustainability has provided the club with some money for five students to attend a zero waste conference and has provided some money for a rain barrel art installation.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Eco-Reps

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
20

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

In collaboration with Residential Life, the Office of Sustainability has created a living learning community (LLC) for the fall of 2019 for students interested in sustainability. These students will live on the same floor of one of the residence halls to create a community centered around sustainability. Students involved in this LLC will also be involved in two courses. One course involves learning sustainability principles and proposals for a sustainability project across campus or the community, and the second course is then the implementation of that sustainability project.


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

Students interested in living in this Living Learning Community fill out an application and answer a few questions when applying to live on campus. The Office of Sustainability decides who is accepted if more than enough people apply. There are no pre-qualifications in terms of education around sustainability.


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

The students receive formal training through the first semester course that they are required to take. During this course the students will engage in topics surrounding all three pillars of sustainability. Each week we will attempt to have a different person from campus speak on a topic and the students will apply these to formal and informal conversations and assignments.


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):

The Office of Sustainability plans on financing the strongest proposals from the course and creating teams based around these proposals. Residence Life and the Office of Sustainability have additional financial support for any community or educational based activities that require money.


Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
Student Project Workers

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (3rd program):
10

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

The Office of Sustainability employs five student project workers. The mission of these student positions is to work on projects that engage the campus community in sustainability projects. These positions allow students to have experiential learning and gain professional skill sets in the sustainability field. Some of the projects that students have worked on include Campus Green Guides, Bee Campus USA, Re-Use Store, and Earth Day/Week planning.


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

These students were selected through an application and interview process. Students applied to the position through the university's job portal and were contacted for separate interviews. After the interview, the students were notified of selection.


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

The students gain formal training through the Office of Sustainability in a living laboratory setting. Students are encouraged to take classes related to sustainability and to utilize the sustainability library in the office to fuel further 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) (3rd program):

If any of the projects that the students work on require financial and/or administrative support, the Office of Sustainability will work to provide the support.


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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