Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.29
Liaison Brandon Trelstad
Submission Date Dec. 23, 2020

STARS v2.2

Oregon State University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.75 / 4.00 Leticia Cavazos
Sustainability Program Specialist
Sustainability Office
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Number of students enrolled for credit:
32,774

Total number of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
32,774

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
100

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Community Engagement and Leadership (CEL)

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

Community Engagement & Leadership works to create more sustainable, caring, and equitable communities through engaging students in education, direct service, and advocacy. Their outreach team offers programs and presentation designed to educate their peers and topics related to social, economic, and environmental justice.

Examples of outreach activities include planning and implementing educational events, such as cooking workshops and gleaning projects that educate students on food insecurity and sustainable sourcing, site leading projects to local community organizations to learn about food and housing justice, staffing educational booths at campus events, and advertising sustainability programs to students at Oregon State University. Students also facilitate workshops on social change leadership and pathways for public service and civic engagement for their peers. Furthermore, the student leaders facilitate community projects for their peers to work towards creating more sustainable communities through projects like environmental conservation and restoration with Corvallis Parks & Recreation, community gardening, building homes with Habitat for Humanity, packing food at the local food share, serving meals at the local soup kitchen, and more.”

Program info at https://cel.oregonstate.edu/


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

The Community Engagement & Leadership (CEL) student staff or peer educators team is a student-fee funded initiative that serves all Corvallis-based Oregon State University students with a particular focus on students looking to gain leadership skills and increase their capacity to crate equitable, sustainable community change.


Number of trained student educators (1st program):
20

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (1st program):
35

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (1st program):
15

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (1st program):
10,500

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (1st program):
Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Residence Hall Eco-Representatives

A brief description of the student educators program (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).
- Coordinating their hall's recycle right program - educating and engaging participants, testing different outreach methods of influencing recycling behavior, and assessing the outreach methods’ impact on actual levels of contamination in residence hall recycling stations.

Eco-Reps work 5-8 hours per week and are paid hourly. There were eight Eco-Reps during FY20.


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

All students that live in the residence halls in which Eco-Reps are working.


Number of trained student educators (2nd program):
8

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (2nd program):
19

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (2nd program):
5

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (2nd program):
533.26

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (2nd program):
Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
Waste Watchers

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

Waste Watchers is a joint group between Campus Recycling and Community Engagement & Leadership 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, and two paid student employees who co-facilitate the group.

Waste Watchers volunteer at events and work on marketing. They host Repair Fairs, 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. The club also organizes marketing and staff informational booths for the national RecycleMania competition, staffs school supplies giveaway events at the Human Services Resource Center that redistribute supplies that come in through the university’s Surplus Property program, and other outreach programs.

The paid student coordinators' hours are the ones represented in the provided figures in this section. These students are provided extensive training when first hired on waste management principles and outreach. Continued professional development opportunities are offered throughout the year, including webinars, conferences, readings, team discussions, and more.


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

The primary target audience is the OSU student body, with some campaigns further targeting students living on campus specifically. Some outreach programs may also be relevant to university staff and community members.


Number of trained student educators (3rd program):
2

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (3rd program):
45

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (3rd program):
14

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (3rd program):
1,338

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):
12,371.26

Hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators per student served by a peer-to-peer program:
0.38

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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