Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.61
Liaison Kate Ullman
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Northland College
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Scott Grinnell
Professor of Physics
Academic
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
626

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):
626

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

Name of the student educators program:
Campus Sustainability

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
626

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

Northland College uses a co-curricular program that complements the environmentally-based curriculum and employs students through a work/study arrangement. The program translates the theoretical lessons of the classroom into real world concepts, provides career experience, and develops student leadership. This program builds the skills of the participants through the practice of implementing sustainability initiatives on campus and in the community.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

Student educators apply to become campus sustainability leaders in one of 5 areas: Bike Shop, Compost, Food Systems, Recycling, Volunteer Program. The students are selected by their peers through Northland College Student Association elections or chosen by the campus sustainability coordinator. The student leaders reach the entire student body through articles posted in the campus media, tabling sessions, email, workshops, posters, class projects, and other events.


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

The campus sustainability coordinator conducts training sessions in leadership skills, group dynamics, stress management, marketing, and conflict communications, among other skills.


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):

Approximately 50% of the campus sustainability coordinator's position is devoted to managing the student educators, many of whom are funded through the Office of Sustainability. In addition, about $40,000 per year is generated from a student renewable energy fee ($80 per year per student) called REFund. Each year students select how to allocate those funds to projects on the Northland College campus. The Eco-Rep positions, four to five socially-active student leaders, are funded entirely through the REFund money.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Northland College Environmental Council

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
626

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

Environmental Council serves as a catalyst for change and fosters development in environmental and social contexts on the Northland College campus. The Council develops, implements and oversees sustainability initiatives that work collaboratively with the broader goals of the Northland College liberal arts mission. It also advocates for sustainability at the local, national, and global levels. Environmental Council seeks to affirm the need for and create sustainable change through action, advocacy and education.


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

As a membership-based organization, participants self-select to be part of the group


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

The Northland College Student Association president and the student director of sustainability (the latter also serves as the head of Environmental Council) provide mentoring, leadership training, and conflict resolution as part of their weekly meetings.


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):

Environmental Council receives an annual stipend through the Northland College Student Association.


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):
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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