Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.23
Liaison Brandon Trelstad
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Oregon State University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Keava Campbell
Data Analyst
Sustainability Office
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
31303

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):
31303

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

Name of the student educators program:
Student Sustainability Initiative

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
31303

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

The OSU Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI) is a student-fee funded department within Student Leadership & Involvement that works to advance student efforts to create a culture of sustainability at OSU. This work falls into three general categories: (a) actions and campaigns directly influencing OSU’s sustainability, (b) education on sustainability issues, and (c) empowerment of students to implement their own vision of a better world.

Examples of outreach activities include planning and implementing educational events such as cooking workshops that educate students on food insecurity and sustainable sourcing, hosting work parties at SSI's organic garden, staffing educational booths at campus events, and advertising sustainability programs to students at Oregon State University.

Program info at http://sli.oregonstate.edu/ssi


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

The Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI) staff are 10 paid positions selected based on a competitive application process and hired by a full-time program coordinator.

Staff are selected based on demonstrated personal commitment to sustainability, experience in the sustainability-related fields, and aptitude of candidates for conducting peer learning activities, campaign building and other related activities.


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

SSI staff receive formal training in organizational development, peer-to-peer education, conflict resolution and non-violent communication, assessment, purchasing, student leadership development, sustainability principles, and community organizing and empowerment. Activities include orientation to sustainability at OSU, a 2 hour tour of campus sustainability features and other specific professional development workshops.

Training is conducted by OSU staff and ranges between 3 to 7 days for staff, plus additional development opportunities throughout the year.


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):

OSU dedicates a minimum of 1 FTE of staff time to SSI. Other resources include assistance in purchasing, processing payroll and other logistical support, and additional program assistance from departments like the Sustainability Office, Campus Recycling, the academic colleges and many others.

The SSI budget for FY17 was approximately $349,000, funded from student fees.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Residence Hall Eco-Representatives

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
1344

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

Eco-Representatives (Eco-Reps) are hired students responsible for advancing and institutionalizing a culture of sustainability in the residence halls in which they live. This includes:
- Planning and executing sustainability-focused events (at least one per term)
- Advertising and encouraging involvement in campus-wide sustainability events, including inter-hall recycling and energy competitions.
- Educating residents about sustainable lifestyles and resources (common methods included staffing a booth, visiting rooms to talk to residents, hanging or creating posters/signage, Facebook posts, and organizing hall events).
- Coordinating their hall's composting program - recruiting participants, educating and engaging participants, and maintaining compost bins (weighing and tracking data, emptying, and cleaning).

Eco-Reps work 5-8 hours per week and are paid hourly. There were five Eco-Reps during FY17, consistent with the numbers for FY16.


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

Candidates were selected following a competitive application process. Students in any residence hall were invited to submit applications. A hiring committee was assembled (made up of the various partners contributing to the Eco-Rep program) to select applicants to interview, conduct interviews, and select the top candidates. These top candidates determined which halls would have Eco-Reps.


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

Early in the academic year, Eco-Reps receive specialized training targeted specifically for the types of tasks expected of them. They attend weekly meetings throughout the year with their supervisor and campus partners and received informal trainings from partners on campus sustainability programs and resources.

A lesson book was created by the Sustainability Office specifically for the Eco-Rep program. It is based on Northwest Earth Institute course material. Content is read and reviewed at each Eco-Rep weekly group meeting with a facilitated discussion led by the OSU Sustainability Coordinator.


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):

Four campus entities contributed funds to build a $6,350 budget for FY17 wages:
$3,200 from Campus Recycling
$1,050 from University Housing & Dining Services
$1,050 from the Student Sustainability Initiative
$1,050 from the Sustainability Office

These same partners offer additional resources, such as printing and supplies, as needed, for Eco-Reps' projects. The Residence Hall Association also provided access to their resource room (which offered computers, printing and office supplies) and the Hall Councils provided funds for event materials when Eco-Reps requested them.

In addition, partners contributed staff time to support Eco-Reps, as needed. In particular, the Sustainability Office supported and supervised the Eco-Reps, providing training, work assignments, admin support, etc.


Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
Waste Watchers

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (3rd program):
31303

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (3rd program):

Waste Watchers is a joint group between Campus Recycling and the Student Sustainability Initiative whose mission is to engage students and the community in waste reduction at OSU by providing educational programming, meaningful opportunities for action, and empowerment of future leaders. The program has several chair and leadership positions that are elected by the larger group.

Waste Watchers volunteer at events such as Repair Fairs, RecycleMania, and #BeavsRecycle. Repair Fairs are events which serve the OSU community by helping attendees fix up broken items rather than throwing them away. People can bring broken items and volunteers will help them learn how to repair their belongings, attend demos to learn more skills. RecycleMania and #BeavsRecycle are two campaigns throughout the school year which focus on increasing the amount the OSU community recycles.


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

General members of Waste Watchers are volunteer positions trained for outreach and events. Chair positions including Program Leader, Membership Chair, Recruitment Chair, Social Chair, and Repair Fair Chair are elected into their positions.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (3rd program):

Waste Watchers are trained for outreach and events by a full time professional outreach team member from Campus Recycling. Typical training includes social norming, how to conduct traditional outreach like tabling and class presentations, etc.


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):

As a joint group between Campus Recycling and the Student Sustainability Initiative, the group is funded by both entities. Additionally, both provide staff support "Waste Watch Coordinators" for the group.


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:

Campus Recycling's Student Outreach Assistant position is a paid student position that focuses on educating and engaging the OSU community (primarily students) in recycling and waste reduction. Duties include planning and implementing educational events (Earth Week, Repair Fairs, RecycleMania, etc.), communicating electronically (writing for the blog, Facebook, and recycling website), planning and staffing booths, presenting to student clubs, distributing informational materials, and helping coordinate the student volunteer team the Waste Watchers (including recruiting volunteers, setting meeting agendas, facilitating meetings, and coordinating volunteers at events).


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:
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