Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 26.70
Liaison Raymond Bowdish
Submission Date Feb. 4, 2020
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STARS v2.1

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 4.00 Raymond Bowdish
WISER Center Coordinator
Biology
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
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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):
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Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
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Name of the student educators program:
WISER Center Sustainability Program

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
650

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

The center’s staff includes Coordinator, Ray Bowdish and a group of 12-16 volunteers, interns and research students. The WISER Staff :
• grows food in the PACES-CSA program
• educates plant owners to help green the campus through the Health Plant Initiative,
• fights hunger with food from the WISER Greenhouses and Cecilie Garden
• improves physical and mental wellness with Yoga in the Greenhouse and the Pet Plants Initiative
• improves education, by using Tower Gardens and the curriculum from the Green Bronx Machine to support teachers in our North Country Food and Nutritional Education program.

Pertinent to our college’s concerns, the WISER Center serves 11 of 17, Arts and Sciences, and 2 of 4, School of Education & Professional Studies Academic Departments including: Anthropology, Art, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, English and Communications, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Public Health & Human Performance, Sociology & Criminal Justice and Teacher Education departments. The WISER Center is critical to STEM recruitment and student retainment. Its activities have supported 100 volunteers, interns and research students since its inception 2016. Some of these students are responsible for creating and distributing outreach materials the Pollinator Protection Program to promote sustainability and ecological research and outreach to the campus, our community and the world. Planning events and workshops for the community creating and distributing of these student-created outreach materials afford both internship and community-based, service-learning experiences for students and help fulfill the campus’s commitments to sustainability.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

Students are self-selected when they sign up to be volunteers or register for credit in biology research or credit based internships.


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

Students enrolled in either an internship or research complete proposals outlining learning objectives around their activities in the WISER Center (campus sustainability center)


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):

There is no operating budget, but we have been supported through soft money and foundation accounts.

The WISER staff consists of Ray Bowdish, COordinator, at 3/4 time and a secretary shared with the Biology Dept.


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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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