Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 85.66
Liaison Mark Lichtenstein
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.58 / 4.00 Sue Fassler
Sustainable Facilities Manager
Facilities
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Number of students enrolled for credit:
1,918

Total number of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
556

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
28.99

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
EcoReps

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

EcoReps are first and second-year students at ESF who work and live in Centennial Hall (ESF's only residence hall). They work to raise sustainability awareness of global and local sustainability issues and encourage fellow students to adopt more environmentally responsible lifestyles. The EcoReps program is overseen by a partnership between ESF’s Sustainability Division and Centennial Hall staff members, and is funded by the Sustainability Division. The EcoReps program was started in the fall of 2012 as a volunteer-based program, but now the EcoReps are provided semesterly stipends for their efforts. Second-year students are designated as Head EcoReps. These individuals are responsible for running weekly meetings with the EcoReps and ensuring the EcoReps follow through with their responsibilities. The EcoReps are responsible for planning multiple programs/events in the residence hall per semester based on the month’s theme. These themes include ecosystems/food systems, energy, water, climate change, recycling/upcyling, and materials management. These events typically involve educational documentaries, food, and/or an activity/workshop. The EcoReps are also responsible for decorating EcoBoards on their designated floors with information relating to the month’s theme. Through this program, the EcoReps benefit by developing their leadership skills as well as their knowledge of sustainability which they then share with their peers in the residence hall

The program was paused during Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, EcoReps will return during the Fall 2021 semester!


A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (1st program):

EcoReps target education and outreach initiatives to their fellow classmates living in Centennial Hall. The data below represents 2 academic years.


Number of trained student educators (1st program):
20

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (1st program):
30

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (1st program):
3

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (1st program):
900

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (1st program):
Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Sustainability Champions

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

The Sustainability Champions initiative was launched in January 2020. Students were invited to attend monthly presentations (during the academic year). 2020 topics included: "Sustainable ESF," "Zero Waste ESF," "COVID-19 Cant Stop the Progress," and, "Caring for Household Plants." These sessions shared key information about sustainability programs and progress at the College, informed attendees about ways that they can be involved, and how to integrate sustainability into their lives off campus. Each session ended with a request to share this information with their peers and a follow up survey was sent to gauge how far information spreads.


A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (2nd program):

All students are part of the program's target audience


Number of trained student educators (2nd program):
10

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (2nd program):
8

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (2nd program):
2

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (2nd program):
160

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (2nd program):
Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
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A brief description of the student educators program (3rd program):
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A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (3rd program):
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Number of trained student educators (3rd program):
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Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (3rd program):
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Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (3rd program):
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Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (3rd program):
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A brief description of all other student peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs:
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Number of trained student educators (all other programs):
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Number of weeks, on average, the student educators programs are active annually (all other programs):
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Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per student educator (all other programs) :
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Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (all other programs):
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Grand total number of hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators (all programs):
1,060

Hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators per student served by a peer-to-peer program:
1.91

Website URL where information about the student sustainability educators programs is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:

January 2020 Sustainability Champions PPT (Sustainable ESF): https://www.esf.edu/sustainability/documents/Sustainability%20Champions%20PPT%20January%202020.pdf

February 2020 Sustainability Champions PPT (Zero Waste ESF): https://www.esf.edu/sustainability/documents/Sustainability%20Champions%20PPT%20January%202020.pdf

October 2020 Sustainability Champions PPT (COVID Cant Stop the Progress):
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November 2020 Sustainability Champions Video (Caring For Household Plants):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nw6wZuOv-xk&feature=youtu.be

February 2021 Sustainability Champions Video (Consciousness in Fashion):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SQ_5ZJD6tg&t=190s

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