Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 63.40
Liaison Adam Sizemore
Submission Date March 2, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Miami University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.69 / 4.00 Yvette Kline
Dir. Sustainability & Energy Conservation
Physical Facilities
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Does the institution coordinate one or more ongoing student, peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs that meet the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

Number of degree-seeking students enrolled at the institution:
17,255

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Green Team (as Zero Waste Ambassadors)

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (1st program):
2,000

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (1st program):

The Green Team is a departmental student organization, coordinated and supported by the Director of Sustainability and Energy Conservation in the Physical Facilities Department (PFD). The Team consists of student employees and volunteers led and trained by a graduate student from the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability. They support both student and employee outreach programs.

Based on feedback from the prior Team, the current Green Team focused their peer to peer interactions at home hockey games, where they were advertised and seen as red-aproned "Zero Waste Ambassadors," manning waste stations for recycling, compost and trash and running a "wheel of fortune" waste disposal knowledge contest.


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

The graduate student leader is hired by the Director of Sustainability in PFD. Either the student or the director then hires the undergraduate team.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (1st program):

Training is program-specific. Typically the director tutors the graduate student who develops and implements a class to train the rest of the group.


A brief description of the financial or other support the institution provides to the program (1st program):

Wages and project funding are provided by PFD. The students also receive student organization funding. The assistance of other staff members is solicited and provided as needed.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Eco-Reps

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
5,304

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

This is a program of student volunteers who work with staff in Miami's Office of Residence Life to provide leadership and peer-to-peer education related to sustainability in their residence halls.
The Eco Reps develop and distribute information about sustainable practices and Eco-Facts. They conduct periodic trash audits where trash is weighed, sorted and re-weighed to determine amounts of trash that could have been recycled. This information is then shared with the community. They participate in campus events such as MegaFair and Earth Fest. They coordinate battery and ink cartridge recycling in the residence halls.


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

Eco Reps are elected by their peers or appointed by their Resident Director. Some halls appoint multiple Eco Reps.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (2nd program):

Eco Reps serve on the Community Leadership Team within the residence hall and attend a weekly Eco Rep meeting. They meet with a variety of administrators including but not limited to the Director of Sustainability, Director of Dining, Housing Planning and Maintenance Director, Energy Engineer from Physical Facilities and faculty involved with sustainability-related research. Through these meetings they enhance their knowledge base and share best practices.


A brief description of the financial or other support the institution provides to the program (2nd program):

Financial support for the Eco Reps is provided by the Office of Residence Life from student programming fees. Expenses include materials for the fall retreat, programming materials and printing.


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Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (3rd program):
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Name(s) of the student educator program(s) (all other programs):
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Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by all other student educator programs:
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A brief description of the program(s), including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (all other programs):
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Total number of hours student educators are engaged in peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education activities annually:
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The website URL for the peer-to-peer student outreach and education program(s):
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The number of students reached by the Green Team was estimated based on average student attendance at hockey games in the 2014-2015 season = 907. Assuming the student audience isn't identical at every game, 2000 was selected as a reasonable estimate.

Residence Life currently has 30 Eco Reps out of 41 communities. They reach 5304 students in the residence halls across campus.

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