Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 54.46
Liaison Delicia Nahman
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Lehigh University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.05 / 4.00 Katharine Targett
Sustainability Program Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
7586

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):
1990

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
26.23

Name of the student educators program:
Lehigh Eco-Reps Program

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
1990

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

The Lehigh Eco-Reps program is a peer-to-peer education program focused on training student leaders to embody and promote sustainable living in residential halls and Greek houses. Eco-Reps foster sustainable behavior among their peers through fun and educational programs such as: energy conservation competition, RecycleMania tournament, Earth Week, documentaries, make and take events, One Hour No Power, Trashion Show, Game Day Challenge, up-cycling crafts, southside cleanups, and green trivia. Eco-Reps also host monthly building/hall events to promote sustainable behaviors as well as take on monthly personal challenges.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

Any Lehigh undergraduate or graduate student may submit an application (a google form with questions that determine level of interest and passion for sustainability and being a champion of behavior change) to be an Eco-Rep. A member of the Office of Sustainability reviews the applications and determines which students would be the best fit. The students that stand out typically have a strong passion for sustainability, and experience or a strong desire to promote sustainable behavior changes among their peers. The selected students then begin to attend the 1-hour/week Eco-Reps meeting. Each student represents their residence hall or Greek house and must commit to various training opportunities and a semester of activities, including both campus events, building/hall events, and personal challenges. They must also attend a few mandatory events each semester. Student coordinators apply for their leadership positions, are interviewed, and are compensated for their efforts. Starting in the Spring of 2016, each coordinator began having a specific title and position description, both on the Greek side and residential side. Each coordinator works between 4-10 hours per week.


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

All Eco-Reps receive weekly training in event planning, environmental topics, outreach strategies, and effective peer-to-peer communications techniques. There is also an orientation to the program each fall and spring semester.

Student coordinators take part in training prior to the start of each academic year. This orientation includes information about Lehigh's sustainability goals, effective leadership strategies, how to organize students, and how to plan effective events. Additionally if several Eco-Rep coordinators are graduating, during the Spring semester the Office of Sustainability hires new coordinators that go through a period where they are an Eco-Rep coordinator-in-training. During this time, they are assigned a current coordinator as a mentor and learn all the roles and responsibilities of being a coordinator. Through this, they are well prepared to take over all responsibilities.


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 Lehigh Eco-Reps program is funded by Lehigh's Residential Services Office. During the 2016-2017 academic year, Residential Services provided $13,000 for the Eco-Reps Program. The program is further supported by the Office of Sustainability and Residential Life.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
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Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
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A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (2nd program):

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

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

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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):
4200

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The number of students served by Lehigh Eco-Reps Program refers just to the total number of students served by the program in residential halls and Greek houses on campus, not including the number of people who attended Eco-Rep events or who live off campus. Additionally, the 4,200 hours student educators were engaged in peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education activities was calculated based on the hours that Eco-Rep Coordinators worked and the average amount of time a general Eco-Rep commits to the program during the 2016-2017 academic year.

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