Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 76.08
Liaison Leah Ceperley
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Dayton
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.75 / 4.00 Leah Ceperley
Sustainability Reporting and Assessment Specialist
Facilities Management / Hanley Sustainability Institute
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
10,882

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):
10,208

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
93.81

Name of the student educators program:
The River Stewards

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
7,971

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities:

The River Stewards engage the campus and the greater community in a dialogue about our water resources. Past activities include river paddles for both the stewards and their peers, educational outreach in local K-12 schools and on campus, project-based work. Examples of past River Stewards' successful projects include the design and implementation of our campus bike share program, a "Take Back the Tap" campaign and the development of an Outdoor Engagement Portal available to all students.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

The River Stewards program is the flagship program of the Rivers Institute administered by the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community at the University of Dayton. A three-year program focused on leadership development and civic engagement, students can apply to become a River Steward in the second semester of their freshman year. Applying requires a written application and interviews.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach:

Annual orientation/training sessions; retreats; weekly educational sessions with local and campus leaders; required service hours; project based learning.


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 program is funded through the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community and has a full time program coordinator, graduate assistants, and student interns.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Sustainability Activation Program

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
10,208

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (2nd program):

The Sustainability Activation Program aims to educate University of Dayton campus and beyond about the importance of living sustainably. This program is focused on three goals: care, conserve and commit. By educating students about current environmental issues and why they are happening, we are trying to foster an interest to conserve our natural resources. This program then helps students discover ways they can conserve resources in their daily life and make a commitment to be more sustainable. This program has two main branches: the How to Be Green at UD AVIATE in-person events and AVIATE online modules. The fall 2017 AVIATE events, facilitated by 22 Sustainability Reps, were open to all students and hosted approximately 1,000 students, with about 2 events offered each week. The campus sustainability online modules will become available in January 2018, comprised of short videos and quizzes that focus on how students can make sustainable choices in their daily lives.


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

Students are selected to the Sustainability Activation Program through filling out an application and an interview with the Sustainability Education coordinator. Each student has to have some passion for sustainability related issues and need to be involved in some sustainability themed extra curricular or academic focused program.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (2nd program):

Each student attends monthly meeting in which we discuss content for each peer outreach session. The trainers will practice presenting the material and also discuss areas where we can improve. They will present the material on average twice a month with bi-monthly meetings for updates and debrief. The students also train about issues in a multitude of sustainability fields, and work to create content that can be received by any audience.


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) (2nd program):

The Sustainability Activation Program (SAP) is led by a Hanley Sustainability Institute (HSI) student sustainability leader (part-time student employment position). Sustainability Leaders are part of the Sustainability Reps and Leaders Program. This program is supported and supervised by full-time HSI staff (Dir. of Student Engagement) as well as HSI graduate assistants. The SAP program also receives HSI funding for supplies (prizes, tshirts, stickers, etc..)


Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
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Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (3rd program):
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A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (3rd program):
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A brief description of how the student educators are selected (3rd program):
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A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (3rd program):
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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) (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:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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https://udayton.edu/artssciences/ctr/hsi/student-opportunities/udsrl/index.php

The 7,971 students served by the River Stewards Program is the number of undergraduate, full-time equivalents.
The Sustainability Activation Program reaches both undergraduate and graduate students, although it targets undergraduate students.

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