Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.64
Liaison Yolanda Cieters
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Seattle University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.41 / 4.00 Phillip Thompson
Director
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
7481

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):
4500

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
60.15

Name of the student educators program:
Green Team

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
1500

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

SU's Green Team is a student-led peer-to-peer sustainability education program. Examples of activities:
--The Green Team regularly attends athletic games to inform students (and community members) about sustainability, and they ran multiple environmentally-focused halftime events.
--The Green team participated at the annual Garbology Event, informing passerbys about recycling/composting on campus
--They actively post on FB to inform students about sustainability news and events
--The Green team campaigned for various initiatives, such as Paper Towel Compost implementation and collected 400 signatures.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

The Green Team is a group of volunteer SU students. Any students can join who are interested in peer-to-peer sustainability education are welcome to join.


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

The Green Team does not receive any formal training as of FY17. However, it is required to have knowledge of what is recyclable/compostable on campus.


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):

The Green Team is recognized as a club through SGSU (Student Government) and receives normal club appropriations for Seattle University. SU's Recycling Coordinator serves as the staff (administrative) advisor. SU's Facilities department helps with supplies.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Sustainable Student Action

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
2500

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

Sustainable Student Action is a club comprised of students who meet weekly with the mission to educate the community on environmental issues and to work on projects that promote environmental justice. They collaborate with other SU groups and local community groups on events that promote social justice. They have been working on a campus wide Fossil Fuel Divestment campaign for the past 5 years, engaging in education, advocacy, and direct action efforts. Sustainable Student Action seeks to build students' power and organizing capacity to engage in the environmental and social justice issues they care about.


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

Sustainable Student Action is open to anyone who would like to join and is organized based on horizontal leadership principles, with roles distributed collectively and determined as tasks come about rather than permanent positions. Members are generally invited by friends or recruited through outreach efforts or at public events.


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

While not required, members often receive training on the principles of environmental justice, anti-racism, and can attend trainings hosted by partner organizations on direct action and organizing skills.


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):

They receive an appropriation from student government, and do fundraising on their own.


Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
Food with Spirit

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (3rd program):
500

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

Food With Spirit is a Seattle University group that focuses on sustainable, urban agriculture and food justice in a domestic and global context with an emphasis in social justice but also encourages healthier individual food choices. They grow and harvest seasonal food crops for local food banks, host work parties to maintain four raised garden beds, and collaborate with other clubs to produce/promote educational events that focus on environmental and food justice and sustainability. FWS also helps to manage the Potager Garden in front of the Student Center, "Food for All" gardens at Chardin Hall, and Food for All gardens in the Broadway Garden space.


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

Any SU student can participate in Food with Spirit. Officer positions are selected based on involvement.


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

No formal training is done for club members, but most club officers are currently or have been Edible Campus Ambassadors (interns) through the Grounds and Facilities department on campus. Students learn by helping to build, garden, and harvest at work parties.


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):

FWS is advised by a staff member from Grounds and Facilities department of campus. Grounds helps to maintain garden spaces on campus. FWS receives normal club appropriations through SGSU. FWS also fundraises with the annual plant sale (~$2000 each year) and occasionaly holds donation campaigns.


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:

Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) is a student run club that creates opportunities for students to implement sustainable engineering projects locally and abroad such as installing aquaponics systems in Peru, Thailand, and WA Middle School here in Seattle.


Total number of hours student educators are engaged in peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education activities annually (all programs):
2000

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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