Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.63
Liaison Dwayne Doornbosch
Submission Date June 24, 2021

STARS v2.2

Langara College
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
2.04 / 4.00 Dwayne Doornbosch
Director Facilities
Facilities
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Number of students enrolled for credit:
18,739

Total number of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
333

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
1.78

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Sustainability Student Ambassador Program

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

The Sustainability Student Ambassadors (SSA) Program is the primary driver of sustainability education outreach and education activities at Langara College. Each term, a group of students are selected to volunteer as Sustainability Ambassadors. The recruiting of volunteers and resulting projects (events, activities, webinars, education materials) are targeted at all Langara students. The number of students served (333) is derived from participation data from events in 2020.

Ambassadors work directly with a coordinator, which is a student co-op position hired by the College. The coordinator is responsible to train and guide students to envision, manage, and execute green projects in and around the campus.

The SSA program provides leadership experience for Langara students interested in engaging the community in sustainable practices to create major contributions to social development and environmental protection. Ambassadors are given initial training by the coordinator; have the opportunity to envision, develop, and execute projects related to sustainability; and through weekly meetings learn about new topics and how to handle project issues.

Projects led by the SSAs have included:
- Hosting webinars about climate change
- Developing E-books on sustainability
- Creating a sustainability club
- Hosting a career talk on sustainability with various companies
- Creating outreach material to raise awareness about recycling, zero waste, Meatless Mondays, and many environmental issues
- Developing and running recycling games at Langara events, both virtual and in-person
- Participating in the community garden

The SSA Program is hosted by multiple departments and receives funds annually from KPMG* to hire the coordinator. The Facilities department provide other types of financial support such as funds for prizes for Langara events. The SSA Program is also supported by the Student Engagement Office which assists in promotion and collaboration. The Communications Office is also a key administrative supporter of the SSA, assisting in communications efforts.

*KPMG is a financial audit, tax and advisory organization, and is the independent auditor for Langara's annual financial reports.


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

Projects are focused on engaging students, faculty, and members of the Langara community in sustainability topics, as well as the promotion of education and sustainability awareness on campus.


Number of trained student educators (1st program):
16

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (1st program):
38

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

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (1st program):
382

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A brief description of all other student peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs:
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Grand total number of hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators (all programs):
382

Hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators per student served by a peer-to-peer program:
1.15

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The number of students enrolled used for this credit (18,739) is the figure from the 2020 academic year, as the Sustainability Student Ambassadors program was launched in 2020.

This number is different than the number of students enrolled shown in PRE 5 (19,859). That figure is from the 2019 academic year and is the basis for the rest of the credits that incorporate student enrolment figures into any calculations and reporting.

While the SSA Program targets all students, the number of students served (333) is derived from participation data from events in 2020 (which was a low participation year due to COVID).

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