Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 54.34
Liaison Elaine Goetz
Submission Date March 11, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Ohio University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Annie Laurie Cadmus
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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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:
23,331

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
EcoReps

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (1st program):
23,331

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

EcoReps at Ohio University is a residential-based group, though involvement from and service to non-residents is also a priority. This groups focuses on peer-to-peer education on issues relating to sustainability. Programs include: Residential Hall activities such as compost education, presentations, reused craft events, local food programs. EcoReps also give presentations to student organizations or classes; the President of EcoReps is also actively involved in Sustainable Ohio University Leaders (SOUL), see student educators program 2.


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

Students self-select. It is a student organization that is open to all Ohio University students.


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

The President runs through all activities with the participants so they can then lead activities with others.


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

The organization has a faculty advisor and can gain funding from the Student Activities Council by applying for funds. Office of Sustainability offers support when possible.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Sustainable Ohio University Leaders (SOUL)

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
23,331

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

All students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in SOUL, the implementation and education/outreach organization dedicated to the fulfillment of the Sustainability and Climate Action Plans. Any student, undergraduate or graduate, regardless of major can take SOUL as an internship opportunity for credit. An Office of Sustainability undergraduate student employee is selected to be the teaching assistant for the course each semester. This allows the student employee to gain experience educating peers. The teaching assistant works with the Director of sustainability to assign each student in the course a project that is specific to their future career goals and Sustainability Plan implementation needs; some of these projects involve a peer-to-peer outreach component. For example, in Spring 2015, one of the students in the course has been assigned a project that includes marketing sustainability courses on campus in an effort to encourage higher enrollment in sustainability themed and sustainability focused classes.


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

At this time, students can self-select to be involved. The organization is new enough that we need not be selective on involvement numbers.


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

Meetings are held regularly to offer hands-on, peer-to-peer training on a variety of topics. Participants can present to other groups to help disseminate information across campus. Depending on the goals of each student's project, they may be selected to present information to administrative personnel if the outcome of their project has been significant. Each week, students participate in a discussion-based lecture in which they develop skills that help them develop and achieve goals associated with their assigned project. Twice a semester, students are also required to present their projects to their peers.


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

Office of Sustainability is currently the financial and staff supporter of this organization. The organization also reports to the Ecology and Energy Conservation Committee, a university standing committee responsible for the oversight of the Sustainability and Climate Action Plans.


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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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