Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.02
Liaison Beth Klein
Submission Date Feb. 25, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

State University of New York at Cortland
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.17 / 4.00 Rob Binnall
Assistant Director for Residence Life and Housing for Operations
Residence Life and Housing
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
6,913

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):
3,755

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
54.32

Name of the student educators program:
Green Representatives

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
3,755

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

The SUNY Cortland Green Representative Program is sponsored by Residence Life and Housing and Physical Plant. The mission of the Green Rep program is to inspire sustainable lifestyles through peer to peer environmental education programs that will ultimately contribute to a more eco-friendly and sustainable campus.

A team of 19 individuals are hired as Green Reps each semester, one for each residence hall, and two that provide similar programing for students who don't live in residence halls. These Green Reps educate our residents and campus community by creating educational resources for the hall and two locations across campus such as bulletin boards, hosting programs in the residence halls on campus and collaborating to create campus-wide events each semester.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

The Green Reps are selected by an application process which includes questions about how they feel they are suited to fulfill the position's requirements as well as their passion for the environment.


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

The Green Reps are trained over a 3-4 day period which includes guest speakers, group brainstorm sessions, and informational presentations about job expectations as well as a service project. These speakers/presenters touch on the following topics: water pollution, recycling, environmental conservation, energy usage on campus, sustainable eating, carbon footprint, social justice, biodiversity, and alternative power sources. These topics are reviewed each semester with some rotated as new topics emerge.


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 original program was started with the Facilities department and was recently taken over by Residence Life and Housing. Facilities still pays for the stipend of the Green Reps and Residence Life and Housing pays for programming and supplies.


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 to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (2nd program):
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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):
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Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
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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 how the student educators are selected (3rd program):
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A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (3rd program):
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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):
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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:
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Total number of hours student educators are engaged in peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education activities annually (all programs):
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The program is described in a section of the Cortland Website:

http://www2.cortland.edu/offices/residence-life/office/sustainability/greenreps/index.dot

The Green Rep website including training materials can be found here:
https://sites.google.com/site/cstategreenreps

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