Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 38.83
Liaison James Vollrath
Submission Date Dec. 16, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Texas State University, San Marcos
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 4.00 James Vollrath
Director
Office of Sustainability
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
38,694

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):
48

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
0.12

Name of the student educators program:
Bobcat Blend Master Composter program

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
48

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

Educational opportunities for students from the Agriculture, Family and Consumer Science, and Sustainability Studies Programs and participation in the Sustainable San Marcos community group, teaches a Master Compost-er certification class each year, hosts field trips for college students in the Solid Waste Management course, hosts volunteer days from a variety of environmental groups on campus, and teaching and practice is the main focus- teaches the importance of reducing food waste and water conservation techniques regarding landfill use.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

Students are hired for the program by meeting with the faculty advisor and then having them shadow the crew to see if they enjoy the job.


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

The formal training is through peer-on-the-job training. However, one student is hired every semester to do equipment training with the students who will be working. Also have one of the alum from the program meet with the students every semester to learn to build compost piles so that our compost remains of high quality.


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):

In the past, it has cost about $40,000-$70,000 to operate the program in terms of just labor and equipment costs. About 50 percent comes from the Environmental Service Committee, about 25 percent from the Facilities Department, and about 25 percent from other sources.


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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 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 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:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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