Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.16
Liaison Scott Doyle
Submission Date Oct. 25, 2022

STARS v2.2

Ithaca College
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.40 / 4.00 Scott Doyle
Director
Energy Management and Sustainability
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Number of students enrolled for credit:
5,167

Total number of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
3,618

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
70.02

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Eco Reps

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

Eco Reps are employees of the Office of Civic Engagement and serve as peer-to-peer educators that seek to educate, engage, and empower their community. Education focuses on the challenges presented by the climate crisis and behavior changes students can make to help mitigate those challenges. Engagement focuses on encouraging our community to participate in sustainability dialogue. Above all else, Eco Reps seek to empower fellow students to make sustainability a priority and to take action both on and off-campus.

Some of the historic Eco Reps’ activities include:
- Provide door-to-door compost pick-up service and education
- Post monthly infographics on different “themes” within sustainability (waste, water, energy, social justice, climate, etc.)
- Sort compost, recycling, and trash while educating the community on proper sorting during football games and large campus events
- Manage the Green Dorm Certification program
- Manage, host, edit, and produce the monthly podcast Climate: TBD which interviews subject-matter experts on a variety of sustainability topics and is available on Apple Music and Spotify
- Co-manage Swipe Out Hunger, an effort to increase food security on campus by collecting students’ guest meal passes for donation to students in need
- Provide free kitchen tools, utensils, and serveware to the campus and larger community at the monthly Mobile Food Bank provided by the Food Pantry of the Southern Tier
- Host monthly events that educate students on how to make small lifestyle changes to lessen their impact on the planet (e.g. health DIY projects, compost clinics, car-free days, etc.)


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

Target audience for Eco Reps is fellow students, particularly those living on campus (3,618 of 5,167), though IC faculty, staff and visitors all benefit from the range of the groups programming.


Number of trained student educators (1st program):
12

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (1st program):
34

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (1st program):
10

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (1st program):
4,080

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

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

OEMS interns are employees in the Office of Energy Management & Sustainability and are supervised by the office Director. They are responsible for identifying areas where student engagement could improve and designing programing to fill the educational gaps. Interns have been responsible for delivering monthly presentations on sustainability themes (e.g. energy, climate, transportation, etc.) to fellow students through the Student Leadership Institute certificate program.


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

Work of the OEMS interns includes all of those in the campus community (IC students, faculty and staff). Target audience are those that are currently engaged in sustainability issues and those that are not.


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

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):
136

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (2nd program):
Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
Take It Or Leave It (TIOLI)

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

TIOLI (Take It or Leave It) is a specific environmental service and outreach program run by trained student educators in the Clarke Residential Hall basement every weekday from 12 noon to 1 pm AND 4 pm to 5 pm. TIOLI serves two key purposes to the campus community. First, it serves as a public space provide all members of the campus community gently used and cost-free items that could be found at a typical thrift store. It further serves as an area for students to donate gently used items. Secondly, TIOLI provides a medium for trained students to educate fellow students about sustainable consumer choices and encourage the college community to make daily consumer choices that result in a positive impact on the environment. Central to that peer to peer messaging is waste diversion and the role that reuse establishments have in living more sustainably. Educational materials that summarize typical municipal solid waste composition and ways that students can help to support Tompkins County (county where Ithaca is based) Recycling & Materials Management waste diversion efforts is available at TIOLI. Waste Diversion is critical to Tompkins County as there are no active solid waste dumps in the county. Rather, waste generated in the County is brought to a transfer station and trucked to the northern Finger Lakes. One of the popular TIOLI outreach tools the trained peer educators use to connect with other students to promote waste diversion through reuse is the "Reuse Trail" guide (developed by Cornell Cooperative Extension - https://ccetompkins.org/energy/get-your-green-back-tompkins/reuse-trail) that highlights clothing, books, music, sporting goods, home furnishings, antiques and arts materials that are available throughout greater Ithaca.


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

Target audience for Eco Reps is fellow students, particularly those living on campus (3,618 of 5,167), though IC faculty and staff benefit from the "store" and its associated educational resources.


Number of trained student educators (3rd program):
12

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (3rd program):
30

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (3rd program):
1

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (3rd program):
360

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:
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Number of trained student educators (all other programs):
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Number of weeks, on average, the student educators programs are active annually (all other programs):
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Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per student educator (all other programs) :
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Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (all other programs):
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Grand total number of hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators (all programs):
4,576

Hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators per student served by a peer-to-peer program:
1.26

Website URL where information about the student sustainability educators programs is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Eco Rep hours:
10 hours/week * 34 weeks/year * 12 students = 4080 hours

Eco Rep Program Manager:
15 hours/week * 34 weeks/year = 510 hours

OEMS Intern:
2 hour/week * 34 weeks/year * 2 students = 136 hours

These programs are targeted toward all enrolled IC students, with an emphasis on all of those living on campus (3,618 in 2021). It is assumed that at least half of those living off campus are also reached by this programming and are implementing sustainability measures in the community which would bring the target audience well above this estimated number

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