Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 45.37
Liaison Angie Kim
Submission Date Oct. 31, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Purchase College - State University of New York
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.81 / 4.00 Angie Kim
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Management
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
4,264 #

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):
3,000 #

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
70.36

Name of the student educators program:
The Green Team

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
500 #

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

The Green Team is recognized by the Purchase Student Government Association (PSGA) whose mission is environmental activism and raising sustainability awareness among the campus community. Examples of officers' and members' activities: Water Rights Campaign (various awareness events, including tap/bottled water taste tests) to reduce bottled water use on campus; disseminating educational materials and organizing/attending green programs around the county; maintaining the Student Garden; planning and executing various programs during the year as well as Earth Week events.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

Officers are elected by student vote.


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

Training is not formalized via a "curriculum." Students learn about sustainability, team-building, and leadership via a variety of collaborative experiences. Many of the students are part of the Environmental Studies program and work closely with the Sustainability Coordinator.


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):

Budget as per regulations of Purchase Student Government Association. Also, the Green Team has made and received funding via the campus-wide Green Fee Fund (proposals submitted, reviewed and recommended by the Green Fee Council and the Sustainability Committee).


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Residence Assistants

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
2,689 #

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

Student Residence Assistants (RAs) in dorms and in apartment housing, disseminate sustainability events, intitiatives, and other information to onsite student residents. The Sustainability Coordinator meets with Resident Life professional staff and RAs to brief them on information that is needed. The Sustainability Coordinator also provides support throughout the year as needed.


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

Students apply to become RAs and undergo a rigorous selection process by Resident Life professional staff and the Office of Community Engagement.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (2nd program):

Sustainability Coordinator provides provides guidance, training, briefings to student RAs at the start of each semester. The Coordinator also provides support as needed throughout the school-year for any RAs interested in pursuing sustainability programming.


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):

RAs have budgets to support events and other activities to meet their positions' program requirements.


Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
Green Fee

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (3rd program):
250 #

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (3rd program):

An entity of the Purchase Student Government Association (PSGA), Green Fee is a committee made up of students with guidance from a few members of faculty/staff. The student committee primarily votes on Green Fee proposals but also host a series of events related to all aspects of sustainability.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected (3rd program):

The Green Fee chair, also known as the Student Sustainability Coordinator, is elected by the student body during PSGA elections.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (3rd program):

The Student Sustainability Coordinator goes through the PSGA retreat which occurs before the start of the Fall semester. They also meet with several staff and faculty members who will act as advisors throughout the year.


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):

PSGA has an annual budget allocated to Green Fee for programming.


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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