Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.92
Liaison Ilda Hershey
Submission Date May 15, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Oklahoma State University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.93 / 4.00 Ilda Hershey
Sustainability Coordinator
OSU Physical Plant
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
24,873

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):
5,753

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
23.13

Name of the student educators program:
Eco-Reps

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
5,753

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

Eco-Reps conduct outreach on energy and resource conservation within Res Halls. Recent activity has included promoting the ResLife Recycles program, collecting pledges on America Recycles Day, and promoting move-out collections and move-in recycling. Eco-reps communicate to students via visual displays, presentations, campaigns, tours, social media and Res Hall events. In 2017, Eco-Reps distributed personal 7-gal. "in-room" recycle bins to residents and "Sustainable Freshmen Kits" to incoming freshmen. In 2016, Eco-Reps distributed recycle-right magnets. Eco-Reps applied and received grants to fund their purchases and activity support.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

The Residential Hall Association (RHA) offers Eco-Rep chair positions on each Community Council (hall government). Students also may join via the Eco-Rep student organization CampusLink portal. Open positions are promoted via CampusLink, RHA and Community Council meetings, and through social media.


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

Sustainability Office staff, campus Energy Managers and Res Life staff with sustainability experience train Sustainability Chairs during regular meeting times. Training is focused on resource and energy conservation and includes guest speakers from related departments such as Transportation and Dining. Senior Eco-Reps also train newcomers to the group.


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):

Eco-Reps receive financial support from the Student Government Association (SGA). Funding may also be requested from the Residential Hall Association (RHA) and Green Student Initiative (GSI) for special projects. GSI is a small grant program administered by the SGA Sustainability Committee..


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Fostering Sustainability Awareness at OSU

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
700

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

This program focuses on creating awareness and developing a culture of sustainable practices within Family &Graduate Student Housing (FGSH) at OSU. FGSH provides a controlled environment for the implementation of sustainability outreach. Recent activities include: a ResLife Recycles Campaign customized for FGSH residents (a "how and what to recycle" flyer and distribution of personal recycle bins to residents during their neighborhood gatherings); a special collection event for old research poster recycling; an Energy Saver Drive; and OSU Water Week participation (activities, tours, competitions)


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

Members of the Biosystems & Agriculture Engineering Graduate Student Associate self-select who will be involved in the Fostering Sustainability Awareness at OSU program as student educators.


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

Sustainability and Energy Management staff consult with BAEGSA students on their Fostering Sustainability Awareness at OSU. Because the student educators are also graduate students in Biosystems & Ag Engineering, many are well trained by their faculty advisor and through their academic program as well.l.


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):

The group has applied and received funding from the Green Student Initiative mini-grant program offered by the Sustainability Committee of the Student Government Association. Up to $5,000 per year, per sustainability initiative project, may be granted as long as the project is applied at the Stillwater campus.


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):
540

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

Data sources: Ilda Hershey; Jon Hunt, H&RL; Larry Burns, IRIM; Adrian Saenz, BAEGSA. Sustainability Chairs are now called Eco-Reps (as of fall 2014).

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