Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.29
Liaison Kalen Pilkington
Submission Date Aug. 31, 2018
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STARS v2.1

MacEwan University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Kerstyn Lane
Engagement and Outreach Advisor
Sustainability
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
19,350

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):
19,350

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
100

Name of the student educators program:
Sustainability Leadership Council (SLC)

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
9,675

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

The Sustainability Leadership Council (SLC) is the governing body of the MacEwan Sustainability Volunteer program. The goals of the SLC are to provide education and awareness for various sustainability practices through in-person engagements, initiatives, events, and workshops.

Events:
- MacJam - bike powered concert (March 2017); Clothing Swap (October 2017); Earth Hour Race challenge hosts (March 2018)
- Workshops: Winter Cycling Workshop (November 2017); Vermicomposting Workshop (November 2017, March 2018)

Initiatives:
- Bike Library Assessment (2017/18): hosted the bike library working group, delivered questionnaire to assess the value of a bike library on campus (target group: all students)
- Food Waste White Paper (2018/19) - researched food waste practices locally and globally, consulted with Food Services staff, developed a document that outlines current state and strategies for improving food waste on campus

Sustainability Outreach takes place on a regular basis, face-to-face peer education is strongly encouraged, collateral is created to inform all students


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

Students will submit an application form indicating which projects they're interested in working on (or would like to start), their skills, and their interest in volunteering with the Office of Sustainability. If applicants successfully complete a phone interview, they are invited to join the council for the year.


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

SLC members are trained through discussions and workshops with other council members where everyone's knowledge is shared. Resources are supplemented by the Office of Sustainability (project management tools, peer-outreach, self-care, project management, conflict resolution). Depending on their peer-education project they'll receive additional in-person training and talking notes.


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 Office of Sustainability funds and administers the SLC.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
MacEwan Sustainability Volunteers (MSV)

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
9,675

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

MSV support the outreach and engagement efforts of the Office of Sustainability through developing resources and activities to host at outreach tables across campus, supporting events, planning and delivering projects led by the SLC. E.g Sustainability 201 Speaker Series, Electronics Recycling Blitz, Fair Trade Campus (Fair Trade Friday's), and Green Spaces.


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

Volunteers apply online and are invited to training. If volunteers do not attend training and do not communicate their absence, they will not volunteer with the program that year.


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

Volunteers are invited to training in the fall or winter to learn about the Office of Sustainability, how to conduct outreach, to share their expectations and goals for the year, and to meet their team. They are introduced to the resources and communication channels used by the Office of Sustainability. Depending on their peer-education project (e.g. Waste reduction, electronics recycling, Fairtrade, Green To Go, Earth Hour Waste, Suite Score) they'll receive in-person training and talking notes.
Further, they are trained through discussions and workshops with other council members and volunteers where everyone's knowledge is shared as well as on-site (e.g. at the outreach tables). Resources are supplemented by the Office of Sustainability (peer-outreach, facilitation, project management, conflict resolution, project management tools).


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 funds and administers the MSV program.


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):
1,240

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Web Article about the SLC: Our leaders of today (January 30, 2017)
https://www.macewan.ca/wcm/Administrative/OfficeofSustainability/SUST_NEWS_LEADERSHIP_COUNCIL

Volunteer hours were self-reported and tracked by the volunteers. This is the most recent annual data available.

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