Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.08
Liaison Michelle Perez
Submission Date May 18, 2011
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University of California, San Diego
ER-1: Student Sustainability Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.00 / 5.00 Kristin Hansen
Sustainability Analyst
Auxiliary & Plant Services
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Total number of degree-seeking students enrolled at the institution:
27,325

Program name (1st program):
EcoNauts

Number of students served by the program (1st program):
9,862

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

UC San Diego's Housing*Dining*Hospitality (HDH) student EcoNaut program started in September, 2009. EcoNauts assist in the environmental education & outreach to the students who live on-campus at UC San Diego. EcoNauts were screened by a questionnaire, followed by an individual interview, and a group activity interview.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (1st program):

UC San Diego's HDH Sustainability Manager spent a week reviewing the current HDH programs with new EcoNauts and discussing current environmental concerns and issues for the campus.


A brief description of the staff and/or other financial support the institution provides to the program (1st program):

UC San Diego's HDH funds the EcoNaut program. There are seven student EcoNauts and a Sustainability Manager in HDH.


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Program name (2nd program):
Green Campus

Number of students served by the program (2nd program):
27,325

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

UC San Diego's Green Campus works to integrate sustainability into course curricula, build general campus awareness about environmental issues and implement projects targeting energy use, student involvement and operational changes. Green Campus interns also promote facility energy efficiency, green building practices and water conservation on campus and in the community by increasing awareness about energy and other sustainability related issues. Green Campus interns must apply and interview.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (2nd program):

Green Campus interns receive formal training in performing energy audits and other energy related topics twice per year during semi-annual Green Campus statewide meetings.

LEED-accredited professionals also provide training on LEED related topics to Green Campus interns. A lead intern holds weekly meetings to help coordinate campus projects and assessments.


A brief description of the staff and/or other financial support the institution provides to the program (2nd program):

The Green Campus Program is funded, supported, and supervised by the Alliance to Save Energy and UC San Diego Auxiliary & Plant Services.


The website URL for 2nd program:
Program name (3rd program):
AQUAholics

Number of students served by the program (3rd program):
27,325

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

UC San Diego's AQUAholics is a coalition between students, staff and faculty on combating UC San Diego’s water use addiction. Rather than a workgroup, it is a resource for networking and collaboration between different areas of campus already working on water conservation and management. AQUAholics seeks to send a consistent message of water conservation to the campus community that represents all these efforts of water conservation and aims to accelerate the growth of new collective efforts. UC San Diego AQUAholics are the people who consume water on campus. Anyone who uses water can become an AQUAholic by recognizing the importance of water conservation.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (3rd program):

In response to California’s water crisis and UC San Diego’s high water use, students, staff, and faculty formed the collaborative “AQUAholics” and developed a 12-Step Recovery Program to reduce UC San Diego’s dependency on water and to create resources for water conservation education and outreach.


A brief description of the staff and/or other financial support the institution provides to the program (3rd program):

UC San Diego department champions are encouraged to attend AQUAholics meetings and use AQUAholics as a resource for water conservation. (Facilities Management, Housing, Dining and Hospitality, Environment, Health and Safety, The Student Sustainability Collective, The Sustainability Resource Center, The Social and Environmental Sustainability Committee, The Sustainability Solutions Institute, AQUAholics Student Intern, Sports Facilities, University Center, Academics, Medical Centers).


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