Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.52
Liaison Megan Varnadore
Submission Date Feb. 18, 2021

STARS v2.2

Sonoma State University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.26 / 4.00 Megan Varnadore
Director of Resiliency and Sustainability Operations
Risk Management & Safety Services
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Number of students enrolled for credit:
9,201

Total number of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
3,580

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
38.91

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Seawolves Targeting Earth-Friendly Practices (STEP Up)

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

Throughout the academic year, the REACH Sustainability Coordinator promotes Seawolves Targeting Earth-Friendly Practices (STEP UP) for sustainability initiative using educational campaigns and challenges in the residential community and beyond, focusing on three areas. The three areas are:
1. Water and Energy Conservation
The purpose of this area is to promote awareness of water and energy consumption. Small acts such as turning off the lights and unplugging appliances when not in use, or turning off the water when brushing teeth contribute to the bigger picture of water conservation.
2. Responsible Consumption and Production
This area promotes resource and energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, and providing access to basic services, green and decent jobs, and a better quality of life for all. Sustainable consumption aims at “doing more with less”. This can be achieved by reducing your waste and being thoughtful about what you buy and choosing a sustainable option whenever possible.
3. Waste Management
Maintain the promotion of recycling products/recycling program.
Composting program.
Encourage and educate residents to reduce the amount of excess waste in their everyday lives.


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

Student educators bring learning and tools from various locations, including but not limited to course work, other peers, on and off-campus experts, and reputable on-line resources.


Number of trained student educators (1st program):
5

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (1st program):
32

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (1st program):
12

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (1st program):
384

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (1st program):
Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Sustainability in Culinary Services

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

The program starts off the year by doing a training presentation for all of Culinary Services during our mandatory training. The person in this position attends a biweekly meeting with other sustainability positions on campus to talk about upcoming events or ask for help if needed. This year was the first year earth week and was entirely student-run, which this position was a part of. This position has the freedom to choose how they wish to educate others and what they wish to focus on. This year, large signs with physical items telling customers how to sort their trash were put up along with signs for the workers. This position also is a part of the Farm to Table dinner in which Culinary uses only locally grown food.


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

The student educator's target audience is patrons of the campus food facilities. This includes staff, faculty, and students.


Number of trained student educators (2nd program):
1

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (2nd program):
32

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (2nd program):
15

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (2nd program):
480

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (2nd program):
Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
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A brief description of the student educators program (3rd program):
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A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (3rd program):
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Number of trained student educators (3rd program):
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Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (3rd program):
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Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (3rd program):
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Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (3rd program):
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Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (3rd program):
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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):
864

Hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators per student served by a peer-to-peer program:
0.24

Website URL where information about the student sustainability educators programs is available:
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