Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.61
Liaison Makayla Bonney
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2020

STARS v2.2

Indiana University Bloomington
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.37 / 4.00 Makayla Bonney
Assistant Director
Sustain IU
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Number of students enrolled for credit:
46,423

Total number of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
46,423

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
100

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Internship Program in Sustainability

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

Through internships co-mentored by operations staff and faculty members, interns conduct research and develop programming focused on general sustainability outreach and education or in specific topic areas such as food, transportation and resource use. Although here we list only the number of interns themselves who have come through the program, the actual number of students served by the peer-to-peer projects of these interns approaches all students on campus. Virtually all internships involve an education and outreach component.

The interns impact students and community members through programs including, but not limited to, the following projects:

1. Sustainability in the Greek Community: An initiative to involve the large IU Greek system in making smarter, more sustainable choices (approx. 30 students directly targeted, 5,000 indirectly)
2. IU Energy Challenge: A campus wide energy challenge held once per semester in academic, athletic and residential buildings. (approx. 12,000 students directly targeted)
5. Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale: A reuse program that helps divert waste from student move-out, while raising money for local organizations (approx. 1,000 students directly targeted)
6. Campus Garden Initiative: A program that helps foster environmental and social sustainability, while teaching students and community members in edible gardening spaces on campus
7. Greening Cream & Crimson: An initiative helping to make IU Athletics & game day events more sustainable. Student leaders and volunteers pass out recycling bags to game-day visitors. GCC students receive training and financial incentives to participate. (all tailgating students are targeted, as well as game-day participants during select games)
8. IU Campus Farm - trainings and tours led by peer educators. (approx 1,000 students served each year)

More programs managed by these interns can be found at: http://sustain.indiana.edu/programs/index.php


A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (1st program):

Through athletic events, certified Green Events, Greek Sustainability, and resident hall events, we believe all student demographics are targeted.


Number of trained student educators (1st program):
13

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (1st program):
52

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (1st program):
15

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (1st program):
4,400

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (1st program):
Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Outdoor Adventures

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

Trips, workshops, and clinics are led by student peer mentors that have received extensive training, including completion of SPH-W305 "Introduction to Wilderness Leadership." The course description is as follows:
This eight-week course will introduce the foundations of outdoor adventure leadership, including an introduction to the core competencies of outdoor living skills, education, leadership, risk management, environmental integration, and planning and logistics. The course emphasizes backcountry leadership and judgement with a broad overview of the relevant theories and practices of the outdoor adventure industry. This course introduces students to the Wilderness Education Association (WEA) curriculum.
Wilderness Education Association includes the following units:
Outdoor living: Skills essential to group/individual sustainability in the field
Environmental Education: Attention to ecological and cultural literacy alongside the planning and management skills needed to ensure preservation through past, present and future connections.

Peer leaders use this training to teach and implement "Leave No Trace" ethics on every Outdoor Adventures trip. Trip participants are taught to view outdoor adventure or backcountry experiences holistically, within their ecological, historical, and cultural contexts, not just their recreation component.

Since its founding in 1972 as a Union Board committee, IUOA has helped members of the IU community lead active lifestyles and connect with nature by providing opportunities to participate in trips, workshops, and other activities that foster a love and conservation of the outdoors. Go kayaking on Lake Monroe, or mountain biking in Brown County State Park. Hike in the Smoky Mountains, or go rock climbing in Yosemite National Park. Each year IUOA coordinates more than 40 student trips where you can get out and explore the great outdoors firsthand.


A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (2nd program):

IU Outdoor Adventures serves all of IU Bloomington.

Estimated hours include 8 week courses trained educators participate in, trips, tabling events, campus training events, and local excursions.


Number of trained student educators (2nd program):
50

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (2nd program):
34

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (2nd program):
2

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (2nd program):
4,000

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (2nd program):
Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
Residential Programs and Services (RPS) Eco-Reps

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

*Approx. 12,000 students are also served by the Energy Challenge (above)*
The RPS Eco Reps are members of in-center Residence Hall Association student governments. While their exact responsibilities may vary from center-to-center, they are in general responsible for providing a sustainable perspective to operations and programming, being connected with the Residence Hall Association Director of Sustainability and assisting with programming, planning, and implementation.


A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (3rd program):

Eco-reps serve students living in on-campus housing.


Number of trained student educators (3rd program):
10

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (3rd program):
32

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (3rd program):
3

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (3rd program):
32

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (3rd program):
A brief description of all other student peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs:

The IU Student Sustainability Council (IU SSC) is a group of graduate and undergraduate students who represent a diverse group of IU clubs and organizations working to make IU a happier, healthier, and cleaner place to live, work, and learn. Their main efforts include collaboration and communication across groups working on similar issues, and raising/distributing money for sustainability initiatives at IU, like the revamping of Ballantine Hall's light system in 2013, a rain garden project, and solar electricity at the IU Art Museum in 2015. https://sustain.iu.edu/resources/SSC/index.html
More information on the Student Sustainability Council: http://www.indiana.edu/~iubssc/
SSC receives mentorship by the Assistant Director of Sustainability.


Number of trained student educators (all other programs):
5

Number of weeks, on average, the student educators programs are active annually (all other programs):
30

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per student educator (all other programs) :
0.50

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (all other programs):
75

Grand total number of hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators (all programs):
8,507

Hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators per student served by a peer-to-peer program:
0.18

Website URL where information about the student sustainability educators programs is available:
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