Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.94
Liaison Elaine Goetz
Submission Date Aug. 11, 2021

STARS v2.2

Ohio University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.80 / 4.00 Sam Crowl
Associate Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Number of students enrolled for credit:
26,784

Total number of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
20,000

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
74.67

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Climate & Sustainability Ambassadors Program

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

The Ambassadors are a group of students, faculty, and staff that work to achieve the goals in the university's sustainability and climate action plans, increase climate literacy and reduce personal carbon footprints, and provide climate change education outreach and sustainability-focused events across campus and in the broader SE Ohio region. The Sustainable Administration Hub Coordinator, a paid faculty affiliate of the Office of Sustainability, organizes, leads and trains the group. The Ambassadors serve all students with public events, social media posts, and speaking in classes, but it would be difficult to determine actual numbers of students contacted. In the fall of 2019, Ambassadors held educational events in each of the residential greens on campus to target and serve all residential students. The Ambassadors also created a video with sustainable living tips for orientation programs which targets all incoming freshmen, transfer students, graduate students and international students. In the spring of 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ambassadors contributed book reviews, how-to blog, and educational videos to OHIO's virtual Earth Month Celebrations, serving all students who accessed the social media posts. In the 2020-21 academic year, the Ambassadors created weekly podcasts on the themes in the new (draft) Sustainability & Climate Action Plan (https://rss.com/podcasts/ohiouniversitysustainabilityseries/).


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

Students at Ohio University


Number of trained student educators (1st program):
80

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (1st program):
30

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

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (1st program):
2,400

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (1st program):
Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Sustainable Living Floor

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

A floor in one of the LEED residence halls on campus has been dedicated to the specialized living/learning experience of sustainability. Students apply to live on the floor and those accepted explore what it means to live a sustainable lifestyle as an Ohio University student, including discussing various sustainability issues; engaging in peer-to-peer education programming; and furthering the benchmarks of the Ohio University Climate Action and Sustainability Plans. A student staff member in the Office of Sustainability works with the Resident Advisor for the Sustainable Living Floor to hold educational events for the students on the floor. 2019-20 was the last year for the Sustainable Living Floor.


A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (2nd program):

Undergraduate students interested in sustainability, climate change, the environment or other sustainability issues are targeted for this residential sustainability learning experience.


Number of trained student educators (2nd program):
2

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (2nd program):
30

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (2nd program):
10

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (2nd program):
600

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (2nd program):
Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
Sustainability Hub Seminar Series

A brief description of the student educators program (3rd program):

The Office of Sustainability and the Sustainability Hubs present 3 Sustainability Hub seminars each semester. These seminars occur in September, October and November during the fall semester, and February, March and April during the spring semester.

Each seminar focuses on a sustainability initiative in one of Ohio University's 12 sustainability themes: transportation, food, water, waste, procurement, investments, grounds, energy, buildings, student life, human resources and climate. Seminars typically have presentations by combinations of students, faculty, staff and community members ("engagement ecosystems").


A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (3rd program):

The target audience for the Sustainability Hub Seminars is all-campus and community members - anyone who wishes to hear about Ohio University's sustainability initiatives and engagement ecosystems.


Number of trained student educators (3rd program):
6

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (3rd program):
6

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (3rd program):
1

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (3rd program):
36

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (3rd program):
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):
3,036

Hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators per student served by a peer-to-peer program:
0.15

Website URL where information about the student sustainability educators programs is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Climate & Sustainability Ambassadors Program provided by Ryan Fogt on 5/14/2020.
Sustainable Living Floor Program provided by Sam Crowl on 5/15/2020.
Sustainability Hub Seminar series information provided by Elaine Goetz on 7/27/21.

Entered by Sydney Hutchinson.

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