Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.47
Liaison Debbie Andres
Submission Date Aug. 26, 2016
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STARS v2.0

San Jose State University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.41 / 4.00 Katherine Cushing
Director of Sustainability
Office of the President
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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:
29076

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Environmental Resource Center

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (1st program):
3520

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

The mission of the Environmental Resource Center is to provide services in environmental awareness and education. For the 2015-2016 academic year, the ERC has hosted a total of size Ride to School day events, where members of the organization communicated with members of the community and SJSU students to discuss the importance of lowering carbon emissions via sustainable transportation. In Fall 2015, the ERC launched into its second year of planning Zero Waste Tailgate events. A total of six tailgate events were planned by ERC alongside partners from the City of San Jose and Spartan Athletics.
During the tailgate events, members of ERC hosted a booth to education football tailgating families and students about being pro-environmental.


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

The Environmental Resource Center, or EnvS 181, is a pass/no pass credit course, in which students from all majors can enroll in. As an extension of the Environmental Studies Department, students learn skills in environmental education, leadership, and project management. Each semester, 15 to 25 students enroll in ERC for a total of at least 50 students involved in the organization. New student directors and codirectors
of the Environmental Resource Center are selected by the previous year’s directors and the
EnvS 181 faculty advisor.


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

Students in the Environmental Resource Center receive semester-long training in environmental educational and public outreach. Programs are either continued from previous years’ iterations, or developed throughout the semester. Students learn how to effectively manage projects by networking for contacts, planning event needs, and delegating responsibilities with other students in the program.


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

The ERC receives approximately $7,000/academic year to support its activities. The majority of these funds are allocated to Sustainability Week, a week-long series of events that culminate on or around Earth Day (April 22nd).
Note: we need to update this for 2016


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
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Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
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A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (2nd program):
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A brief description of how the student educators are selected (2nd program):
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A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (2nd program):
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Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
Student Peer Health Educators (Wellness)

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (3rd program):
14034

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

Peer Health Educators (PHEs) are students who teach their peers about health through presentations, discussions, panels, workshops, health fairs, and health awareness weeks. PHEs offer health education and outreach programs specific to the health specialties listed below. Those who become peer educators specialize their knowledge in one health education area. Students are trained to support their peers on topics including nutrition, exercise, and body image. They are trained to give this support in a variety of formats, including workshops and public events. Specialty topic areas include:
• Alcohol, Marijuana, and Other Drugs (AMOD)
• Nutrition (NUTR) [NuFS 9 or 8 Required]
• Sexual Wellness (SW)
• Violence Prevention (VP)
• Body Image (BI)
• Rest & Relaxation (R&R)


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

Student Peer Health Educators are selected through an application process once per year. New educators begin in the Fall semester of each academic year. The Peer Health Education program is part of Wellness & Health Promotion within the Student Health Center. Currently 60 Peer Health Educators are included in this academic year program.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (3rd program):

Student educators need to (1) attend mandatory Info Meeting & Group Interview, (2) register for HS 180 (2 unit course), (3) attend mandatory 2-day Training Retreat in August, and (4) attend mandatory weekly HS 180 Training Class and Specialty Meetings.


A brief description of the financial or other support the institution provides to the program (3rd program):

Funding comes from the Student Wellness Center budget.


Name(s) of the student educator program(s) (all other programs):
Global Village Themed Residence Hall Program

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):

Members of the Global Village actively engage students who have strong interests in social justice, globalization, and sustainability through shared experiences with other students from a variety of backgrounds. Residents are encouraged to challenge themselves about their personal values through the exploration of the values of other cultures. The community’s interests can be as broad as the economic conditions that fuel our country or to the political agendas and belief systems that fuel hearts and minds around the world.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected (all other programs):
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A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (all other programs):
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A brief description of the financial or other support the institution provides to the program (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):

Another opportunity to earn points for this credit in the future exists in the Residential Housing program. Since all freshman are required to live on campus for their first year, and there is an existing educational infrastructure in University Housing services connected to this first-year experience, a peer-to-peer sustainability educational program that infuses the campus housing units with sustainability-minded projects, workshops, events and/or activities could broaden the scope of sustainability to encompass the entire freshman population and thus allow SJSU to qualify for this credit. Global Village.

Contacted Amigail about Dwight Bental Hall's Green Initiative.

Update(by aditi): need to know Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the ERC program (1st program) Need review on (A brief description of the financial or other support the institution provides to the program)

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