Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.48
Liaison Nico Strabac
Submission Date Jan. 22, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Mohawk College
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Kayla LaChance
Sustainability Programs and Services Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
27,692

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):
27,692

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

Name of the student educators program:
Zero Carbon Ambassadors Program

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
27,692

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

The opening of The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation is an important opportunity to engage and educate Mohawk students to use the building in sustainable ways and contribute to the zero carbon goal. The Zero Carbon Ambassadors Program is a network of peer educators responsible for engaging others in creating a net zero Joyce Centre. Using peer-to-peer engagement strategies, student leaders will:

- Provide tours of the building,
- Provide information to questions about the building including key features and zero-carbon building design
- Engage all students on energy and building usage
- Promote zero carbon and zero energy practices within the building
- Social media campaigns to promote building features
- Online zero-carbon scavenger hunt for students


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

Students go through an application process and are chosen based on their enthusiasm, interest in the program and how they want to contribute.


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

The Sustainability Office trains the student ambassadors on how the building works, how they can get students more involved in the building and how the students can influence other students to change their habits to support the building. For their orientation the building architects, building managers and sustainability professionals give an informative presentation on the design and technical aspects of the building that make it net-zero. Then, students breaks out into small groups to come up with ideas on how they can educate other students around them on zero-waste, zero-caron and zero-water initiatives.


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):

Sustainability office staff coordinate and help plan events and tours for the Joyce Centre. All training and presentations are conducted by the staff. For the program we have created shirts, posters, workbooks and acquired a "Ask me" desk for the students ambassadors to sit at throughout the week and answer any questions students may have. There is a small annual budget for the program.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Zero Carbon Lead Ambassadors (Paid Position)

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
27,692

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

Zero Carbon Lead Ambassador's plan outreach and peer-to-peer education events to be held in the Joyce Centre. Some examples include Zero Carbon Scavengers Hunts and Joyce Centre Tours. Zero Carbon Lead Ambassadors manage the volunteer ambassadors and provide guidance for outreach activities. These students also work all semester in the office helping with outreach events and engaging with students at our Zero Carbon "Ask Me" desk.


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

Students apply through the CSEP program and undergo an interview process with the Manager, Campus Sustainability and Climate Change.


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

The Sustainability Office trains the student ambassadors on how the building works, how they can get students more involved in the building and how the students can influence other students to change their habits to support the building. For their orientation the building architects, building managers and sustainability professionals give an informative presentation on the design and technical aspects of the building that make it net-zero. Then, students breaks out into small groups to come up with ideas on how they can educate other students around them on zero-waste, zero-caron and zero-water initiatives. The Zero Carbon Lead Ambassadors are trained to conduct social media campaigns, event planning and leadership.


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):

With the help of the Sustainability Office, the two student lead ambassadors coordinate activities, tours, zero carbon information desk shifts and social media campaigns. They also coordinate and host monthly meetings with the student ambassador teams. These students are paid through the Mohawk CSEP 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:

The Mohawk Students' Association provides peer-to-peer outreach through class representatives, advocacy, and maintaining an open door policy for all students.


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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