Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.22
Liaison Rich Walker
Submission Date April 22, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Kevin Adkins
Sustainability Officer
Vice Chancellor for Administration
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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:
13972

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Take Back the Tap

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (1st program):
7000

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

The Student Organization for Sustainability (SOS), sponsored by the Sustainability Advisory Group (SAG), conducts a water bottle campaign to raise awareness and reduce plastic water bottle use on campus. For the past 5 years all incoming freshmen have received a reusable water bottle and information on the Take Back the Tap campaign. The Take Back the Tap campaign at SIUE focuses on informing students on the facts of tap water vs. bottled water including safety, price, and environmental concerns. SOS has screened the Take Back the Tap video, hosted blind water taste tests, talked with students about the facts, and given students reusable water bottles. SOS also distributes water bottles at other events, such as Campus Sustainability Day and Earth Day.
In the past 3 years SOS has distributed approximately 15000 reusable water bottles. Refill stations have been installed in all academic buildings with counters that give SIUE the ability to measure refills on campus. The current
count exceeds 700,000 refills.


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

The Student Organization for Sustainability (SOS), holds a Take Back the Tap workshop for members and non members who want to participate in the program.


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

The Student Organization for Sustainability (SOS), holds a Take Back the Tap workshop for members and non members who want to participate in the program. The group hold a post event workshop to discuss the victories and challenges of the event and to begin planning for the next Take Back the Tap challenge.


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

The Sustainability Advisory Group and the office for sustainability purchase 2000 reusable water bottle annually. SAG and the office for sustainability supports the program by advising, educating, and mentoring the student educators prior to, during, and after the event. Over the past 5 years SAG and the office for sustainability have purchased and installed 10 refill stations with counters. Each academic building has at least one refill station and when the existing water fountains need replacing they are replaced with a refill station


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Recyclemania

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
7000

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

SIUE has participated in Recyclemania for the past 5 years. The campus Recyclemania campaign included posters in all residence halls (placed by SOS) and academic buildings. Education and awareness about campus recycling is a part of all sustainability-related programs and events. As an example, a campus-wide recycling party was held in the University Center at the end of the Recyclemania reporting period to celebrate SIUE's success and to heighten awareness and education of recycling and sustainability.
In the past 5 years SIUE has a campus-wide Recyclemania marketing campaign that culminates with a Recycling Party where we discuss the current policies, and compare the weights of materials collected to the goals. SIUE has increased its recycling rate by approximately 2% annually from 2012 to 2015.


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

The Student Organization for Sustainability (SOS) members and non members are volunteers that commit to participating.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (2nd program):

A Recylemania workshop is conducted by the Sustainability Officer that includes past events, videos, current policies, and an action plan for upcoming event.


A brief description of the financial or other support the institution provides to the program (2nd program):

SAG and the office for sustainability purchase posters, t shirts, refillable water bottles, etc. for all the recyclemania events as well as any other support that is needed.


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Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (3rd program):
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A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (3rd program):
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A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (3rd program):
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A brief description of the financial or other support the institution provides to the program (3rd program):
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Name(s) of the student educator program(s) (all other programs):
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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):
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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):
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