Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.48
Liaison Abraham (Avi) Henn
Submission Date Sept. 28, 2020

STARS v2.2

Northern Arizona University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.17 / 4.00 Matthew Muchna
Sustainability Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Number of students enrolled for credit:
34,934

Total number of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
2,945

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
8.43

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Eco Reps

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

The role of the Eco-Rep is to provide peer to peer education on how to live more sustainability in every single NAU residential communities. Topics would include energy and water conservation, recycling, and other relevant environmental issues to fellow residents. Eco-Reps will serve as a resource that role models and promotes environmentally conscious behavior within their residential community/area. They will also assist students in becoming aware of their everyday lifestyle choices and understanding the effects an individual can have on the environment, specifically in their residence. The goal is to promote behavior changes that will continue beyond the time they live at NAU. Eco-Reps share information with their peers through monthly tabling events, trifold displays, and other outreach such as bulletin boards and signs in their halls.

Eco Rep program was unfortunately defunded in fall of 2018. It ran strong for years, included Fall 2017 and Spring 2018, which are a part of this reporting period therefore we wanted to showcase the work that was done then.

We used the total number of on-campus residences for 2017-2018 year and assumed that roughly 35% to have interacted with a workshop, event, or education material thus - 2,945 students.


A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (1st program):

Any student living in a community managed by Housing and Residence may apply. Students are asked to fill out a brief online application that asks for information about their housing assignment and contact information. The application asks them to share why they want to be an Eco-Rep and what they hope to gain from the experience. They are also asked to share any interests or past experiences they believe would be relevant to the Eco-Rep position. Finally, they are asked to discuss an environmental issue or topic that they think is relevant to living on campus and explain why it is important and how they would talk about it with their peers. Currently, program participants are selected based on the quality of their application, however since it is a volunteer position, it is not highly selective. We accept multiple participants per community, and have the goal of having at least one per residential community.


Number of trained student educators (1st program):
30

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (1st program):
32

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (1st program):
5

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (1st program):
4,800

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (1st program):
Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
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Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (2nd program):
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Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
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A brief description of the student educators program (3rd program):
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Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (3rd program):
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A brief description of all other student peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs:
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Number of trained student educators (all other programs):
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Number of weeks, on average, the student educators programs are active annually (all other programs):
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Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per student educator (all other programs) :
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Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (all other programs):
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Grand total number of hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators (all programs):
4,800

Hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators per student served by a peer-to-peer program:
1.63

Website URL where information about the student sustainability educators programs is available:
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Information provided by Matthew.Muchna@nau.edu

We previously listed Sustainable Ambassadors program and the Food Recovery Network, but in the end, it did not meet the peer-to-peer training criteria: "peer-to-peer-focused education programs should train students to become “experts” in a certain sustainability-focused topic, and these experts then train their peers on these topics in a coordinated, ongoing fashion."

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