Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.78
Liaison Kimberly Reeves
Submission Date Jan. 28, 2011
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University of Colorado Colorado Springs
ER-1: Student Sustainability Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.79 / 5.00 Linda Kogan
Director
Office of Sustainability
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Total number of degree-seeking students enrolled at the institution:
8,624

Program name (1st program):
Residence Advisor Program

Number of students served by the program (1st program):
896

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

Residence Advisors (RA) are selected during an application process. RAs were required to make sustainability a focal point. All of the RA's attended a required sustainability educator program.


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

During RA training the office of sustainability conducts a one hour training with all RA’s to educate them on sustainable efforts to be focused on for the duration of that academic year. After they have received the training, the RA's conduct meetings with their residents to discuss the sustainability focus for each academic year: 2009-2010 focus was on recycling with some waste minimization; 2010-11 focused on energy and water conservation.

All students in housing received eco-bags this year, which formed the foundation of the RA training. The bags included a post-consumer content recycled notebook, a CFL bulb, a BPA-free water bottle, a magnet listing sustainable practices, and a 100% post-consumer recycled reusable shopping bag to hold the contents.


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

Sustainability Office staff provides education, assistance, and support to the RA's on sustainability campaigns in residence housing throughout the year. Approximately $10,000 was allocated for the purchase of eco-bags that were given to all students in housing and included a compact fluorescent light bulb, notebook with recycled paper, and reusable water bottle, and a magnet with energy saving tips.


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Program name (2nd program):
Zero Waste Goalies

Number of students served by the program (2nd program):
1,000

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

Students volunteer to staff waste/recycling stations at athletic games, concerts, and other campus events.


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

Sustainability Office staff educate volunteers on what is recyclable and what is not and how to keep the recycling stream clean. The volunteers, in turn, educate the public on recycling.


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

Sustainability office staff time supports this program. Specifically, there is a Recycling Coordinator who directs the training.


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Program name (3rd program):
Freshman Orientation

Number of students served by the program (3rd program):
1,200

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

Student educators are our Orientation Welcome Leaders. Students must be in good academic standing to apply for the positions. Once they apply, we hold group interviews to assess their ability to work in teams effectively in unknown situations. After the group interviews, they are then interviewed individually.


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

OWLs go through a three day training process in which they learn about the history of campus, campus services and resources, emergency management, public speaking and giving campus tours. In addition to their technical skills for the position, OWLs also learn leadership skills such as working in teams, identifying personal goals and understanding and appreciating diversity. During this training they are educated on the sustainability initiatives on campus (i.e. LEED certified buildings and recycling program) and how to discuss those with new students.


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

There are 23 OWLs hired every summer that attend this training.


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