Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.62
Liaison Michelle Perez
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of California, San Diego
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 4.00 Jennifer Bowser
Sustainability Program Coordinator
Sustainability
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Number of students enrolled for credit:
38,736

Total number of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
29,023

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
74.93

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

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

The EcoNauts are a group of student workers under the HDH Sustainability Department. They focus on spreading awareness about sustainability around campus through educational events and programs, social media campaigns, and collaborating with campus partners such as ResLife, student orgs, and faculty. In addition, they take on a variety of other projects like creating vlogs centered around sustainability topics, conducting waste audits in the dining and residential halls, and hosting Sixth Week Swaps to promote clothing donations and thrifting. Currently, the EcoNauts have shifted to virtual programming which includes their vlog series and social media outreach, sustainability craft/plant/garden kits for residents, and Zoom Coffee Chats with student organizations and faculty on environmental justice and other climate change topics.


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

Student residents and Housing*Dining*Hospitality staff


Number of trained student educators (1st program):
3

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (1st program):
45

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (1st program):
15

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (1st program):
2,025

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

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

The Sustainability Ambassadors Program aims to educate and engage students through peer education and programming to raise awareness of UC San Diego’s efforts to reach the campus’s sustainability and carbon neutrality goals and encourage students to implement sustainable living methods. Student volunteers are trained to educate other students on sustainability issues through workshops, projects and social media engagement activities at the Sustainability Resource Center. Each Sustainability Ambassador becomes knowledgeable about the Carbon Neutrality Initiative (CNI) and focuses on informing and engaging students on personal, campus-wide and global changes that can be made to reach CNI goals. Ambassadors create and deliver small- and large-scale presentations for campus groups, assist the Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow in planning and hosting Green Talks, an annual climate change symposium during Spring Quarter, and coordinate do-it-yourself projects that help to reduce consumerism in our daily lives.


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

Campus community, with an emphasis on students


Number of trained student educators (2nd program):
4

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (2nd program):
33

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (2nd program):
5

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (2nd program):
660

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (2nd program):
Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
Global Food Initiative Fellows

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

UC GFI aims to make the UC system a pioneer in improving food security, health, and sustainability. In order to achieve success, the initiative identifies the best and most sustainable practices that can be applied worldwide using UC research to improve local and global food systems, as well as driving and implementing food policy discussions. GFI Fellows host cooking demos and garden workshops.


A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (3rd program):

Campus community, with an emphasis on students


Number of trained student educators (3rd program):
3

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (3rd program):
33

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (3rd program):
10

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (3rd program):
990

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (3rd program):
A brief description of all other student peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs:

Inter-Sustainability Council: http://iscucsd.wixsite.com/main

ISC welcomes all of the environmental student organizations on campus who encompass the same goal: sustainability.

The goal of ISC is to bring together all of the sustainability organizations in order to foster an environment of growth and productivity on our campus.

In order to create change and see our students, faculty and staff progress, we must work collectively to represent the ideologies that we all hold in mind: preservation of the earth through educational means. In our effort to promote this ideology, ISC will be hosting several events this year, such as our annual Green Talks (a TED-style talk focused on sustainability), as well as a RecycleMania Fair and a Sustainability Job Fair.

Engineers for a Sustainable World: https://eswtritons.wordpress.com

ESW-UC San Diego is an engineering project based organization that gives students a chance to get their hands dirty. Their mission statement is to bring communities together to develop, implement, and share technologies worldwide, so, along with their engineering projects they throw events for the community. One example of a project is their mobile solar charging unit, known as the Solar Slider. This Slider is a twelve foot solar panel array that can be towed to campus events to provide power for electronics off the grid.

Grow at UCSD: http://sustain.ucsd.edu/involve/gardens.html#Village-Edible-Garden-(VEG)

Grow at UCSD brings together all the students involved in UC San Diego's several campus gardens and one San Diego community garden. The organization promotes education and the growth of sustainable food and local produce.


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):
3,675

Hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators per student served by a peer-to-peer program:
0.13

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