Overall Rating Expired
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Liaison Tom Goldsmith
Submission Date April 27, 2012
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St. John's University, New York
ER-1: Student Sustainability Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Thomas Goldsmith
Director of Environment and Energy Conservation
Facilities Services
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Total number of degree-seeking students enrolled at the institution:
11885

Program name (1st program):
Residential Sustainability Ambassadors

Number of students served by the program to whom peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education is offered (1st program):
3500

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

Students are trained in recycling practices of the university, as well as energy conservation, and composing.


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

The application process is made available via email to all students who have previously participated in Earth Club or Office of Sustainability events or who have expressed interest in the field through learning communities, academic programs etc.
Applications are reviewed based on the students residential placement (1 student/ team for each of the 8 residential buildings), interest and level of committment.


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

Residence ambassadors participate in a formal training session (half-day) at the begining of the semester. Sessions are held on 1) overview of initiatives across the university and how interested students may become involved, including competitions, clubs, poster-campaigns, one-time events etc. 2)Recycling policies and procedures in the residence village, 3)energy and water conservation policies in the residence village, 4)opportunites to establish composting in the residence village, including a session on Vermicompost, where ambassadors will set up a worm bin to maintain in their dorm.

Ambassadors meet regularly to track their progress and are in constant communication with their coordinator in the Office of Sustainability.


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

The Office of Sustainabilty will provide all material resources needed to create a model green dorm room, including CFLs, recycling bins, vermicompost setup etc. The office will also pay a student cooridnator to train and work with the ambassadors.
Though the program is in its infancy, there is discussion of providing an education stipend at the end of a successful year of service as a Residential Sustainability Ambassador.


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