Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.45
Liaison Bambi Ingram
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2020
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Alabama at Birmingham
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Abigail Franks
Intern
Sustainability
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
24,943

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):
24,943

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
100

Name of the student educators program:
Student Sustainability Ambassadors

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
24,943

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities:
The Student Sustainability Ambassadors program's goal is to bring students from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives together to create a dynamic team working to deepen the culture of sustainability at UAB. Student applicants must have an interest in practicing and promoting sustainable living and engagement, and be willing to serve as the sustainability resource person for their sub-community at UAB. Sustainability Ambassadors will participate in educational workshops about environmental, social, and economic sustainability and will receive guidance and support in their efforts to engage the greater university community. Ambassadors will spearhead activities such as residence hall competitions and a sustainability event for Earth Month in April designed to appeal to the participant’s UAB unit. Additionally, the students will develop and submit sustainability content for the April issue of Kaleidoscope and cultivate relationships with leadership and communications staff within their UAB unit.

A brief description of how the student educators are selected:
One applicant will be selected to represent each of the following units at UAB:
-College of Arts and Sciences
-Collat School of Business
-Honors College
-School of Education
-School of Engineering
-School of Health Professions
-School of Nursing
-School of Public Health
-Resident Halls (1 representative from each of 6 residence halls)
-UAB Athletics

Two at-large graduate student representative positions will also be available.

Representatives must also be enrolled in a degree-seeking program at UAB,
be formally associated with the unit they seek to represent (seeking a degree in the school or college, living in the residence hall, or a member of an athletic team) and apply through Handshake.

A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach:
All student ambassadors attend at least 6 of the 7 monthly training sessions. Each session will focus on a different theme that will strengthen participants’ understanding of sustainability and how they can participate in UAB’s sustainability initiatives. The sessions cover information about topics such as water, food waste, and energy. Ambassadors also receive guidance in regards to constructively engaging through shared governance, creating content about sustainability, organizing events, and networking with community experts.

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 students receive a $400 stipend ($200 awarded in December 2019, $200 awarded in April 2020), dinner during the training sessions, and collaborative experiences with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff. Additionally, UAB Sustainability has hired a fulltime intern to oversee the program, and two staff members provide guidance as well.

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Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
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Name of the student educators program (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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