Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.89
Liaison Julie Newman
Submission Date Oct. 23, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 MIT Office of Sustainability
Director
Office of Sustainability
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
11,088

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):
11,088

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

Name of the student educators program:
Environmental Sustainability Chairs

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
11,088

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

Environmental Chairs are elected within each dorm as part of the Dorm Com. governance structure. Environmental Chairs are responsible for outreach, education, and training in their dorms.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

Elected by dorm residents.


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

Training varies by dorm.


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):

Environmental Chairs are allocated an operating budget through the governance structure.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
The Green Ambassadors Program

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
11,088

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

The Green Ambassadors program is a volunteer program in which students, staff, and faculty members can participate in. The program aims to use volunteers to speak and act as "ambassadors" of sustainability practices throughout the MIT campus.

The Green Ambassadors program seeks to help establish MIT as a model of community-engaged sustainability through strengthening our sustainability community, providing and sharing critical information and knowledge, driving ‘place-based' action, supporting collaboration, and sharing best practices.


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

Any student, staff, or faculty member of MIT can sign up to be a green ambassador on a volunteer basis.


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

While the student educators do not receive any official orientation, there is a "starting package" available to all potential volunteers. The starting package gives ideas to the volunteers as to how to get started. Periodic technical trainings are provided to all Ambassadors.


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 Green Ambassadors Program was an initiative created by the Campus Energy Task Force, which in turn was a program under the MIT Energy Initiative. The Campus Energy Task Force provided the Green Ambassadors Program with support in the form of publicity materials, training, and support network. The Green Ambassadors program is now housed in within the MIT Working Green Committee.

http://web.mit.edu/workinggreen/volunteer/ambassador.html


Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
Graduate Environmental or Sustainability Chairs Program

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (3rd program):
5,360

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (3rd program):

In each graduate residence hall there are environmental and sustainabilty chairs who work on initiatives focusing on green living.


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

Student educators are selected by an in house election.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (3rd program):

Informal Training is provided by peers based on knowledge of the selected chairs.


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):

The financial support varies, from Graduate Student Council (GSC) sources and from house tax.


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:

In collaboration with the Office of Sustainabilty and the Materials Management Department, the Graduate Student Council Sustainability Sub Committee developed an online training module called "Responsible Waste and Disposal Practises Training Module." Launched in the fall of 2017, this course is offered as a model within the Atlas Learning Center training to help students (and others within the MIT community) understand the proper disposal of waste and recycling systems, processes and best practices with regard to materials management topics on the MIT campus. NOTE: Atlas Learning Center reference page: https://atlas.mit.edu/atlas/Main.action?tab=home&sub=group_training.

Also, the MIT Sustainable Workplace Certification Program and the Sustainable Events Certification program are available to ALL students and staff for peer-to-peer education opportunities. https://sustainability.mit.edu/certifications


Total number of hours student educators are engaged in peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education activities annually (all programs):
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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