Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.77
Liaison Marianne Martin
Submission Date Nov. 9, 2010
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University of Colorado Boulder
ER-1: Student Sustainability Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.78 / 5.00 Marianne Martin
Associate Director
Environmental Center
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Total number of degree-seeking students enrolled at the institution:
30,000

Program name (1st program):
Eco-Reps

Number of students served by the program (1st program):
20,000

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

Residence Hall Eco-Leaders are recruited each year consistent with the Environmental Center's student-staff hiring process.


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

Eco-Leaders are trained by EC staff and HDS staff in the Fall. Students are trained to perform outreach on sustainability programs and behavior specific to the residence halls.


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

For the past 5 years, the Eco-leaders receive a $150 stipend or intern credit. Staff from the EC are paid to train the Eco-Reps. EC hires a housing promotions coordinator who manages the eco-leaders and meets with them at least monthly. In 2010-11, the program is experimenting with a restructure to have the Hall Council's more involved. Hall Councils appoint a council member to serve as the eco-rep. There is $1000 available from the EC for sustainability activities for the Hall Councils to apply for funding support.


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Program name (2nd program):
Conservation Officer student support

Number of students served by the program (2nd program):
2,500

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

Students are hired and trained to conduct basic building energy audits, work with building proctors, and other staff, develop outreach that students using the buildings see and learn from.


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

Student staff are trained by campus resource conservation officer.


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

Budget ca $3,000/year.


The website URL for 2nd program:
Program name (3rd program):
Green Teams (Recycling and Energy)

Number of students served by the program (3rd program):
6,200

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

Students are hired annually through the EC application process.


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

Students on the Recycling Green Teams are trained by the City of Boulder and CU EC Recycling Program Manager about residential recycling and composting procedures. Students on the Energy Green Teams are trained by the City of Boulder and the CU EC energy Program Manager about residential energy efficiency and energy/water conservation measures.


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

Supervision is provided by program managers, funded by the City of Boulder (approx $12,000/year) with support from CU Environmental Center.


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Number of students served by the program (All other programs):
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The basis of the Eco-Reps program is that they are trained and paid to reach all students in the residence halls. Hence, over 4 year, they reach the bulk of undergraduates (minus transfer students and any who opted out of the required year in the residence halls). They Eco-Reps do not reach graduate students normally.

The green teams programs focus on students living off-campus.

Students may receive information at multiple times during their college career but it is geared to specific venues (off-campus housing, residence halls, campus classroom buildings) or different issues (recycling, energy).

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