Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 36.07
Liaison Michelle Bennett
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2020
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STARS v2.1

University of Delaware
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.51 / 4.00 Michelle Bennett
Sustainability Manager
Facilities
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
23,774

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):
8,957

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
37.68

Name of the student educators program:
Green Committees

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
8,957

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

Each Community Council in our residential areas have a Green Committee. The purpose of the Green Committee is to encourage [residential] students to participate in hands-on sustainable practices while living on campus and to expose students to meaningful environmental sustainability education early in their college career so that they will continue living sustainably and responsibly throughout their adult lives. Students involved in this initiative will represent their area in the education and development of a more environmentally sustainable area.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

Student educators volunteer to join the Committee and engage in Committee activities.


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

Res Life holds sustainability training events for all Committee members, and also the student Resident Assistants (RAs), to inform them about current sustainability practices on campus and in the dorms, and ways that students can participate.


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):

Training and event support are provided by Res Life to these Committees in each dorm. Res. Life maintains a small fund for Green Committee promotions, outreach or small events to fuel experimentation and innovation in peer-to-peer engagement.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Green Chair

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
8,957

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

Each Community Council (CC) in our residential areas have a Green Chair position on the executive board. Individuals will have the opportunity to run for this position during CC recruitment and, if selected, will chair the Green Committee. Green Chairs will also engage in monthly development related to environmental sustainability.


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

Student educators are elected by their peers during Community Council elections.


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

Green Chairs are executive board members of their residential dorm council (CC). They receive training and support from Res Life in leadership and sustainability issues.


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):

Res. Life provides regular support for Green Chair members, and also monthly environmental sustainability training and development.


Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
Residence Life and Housing Office Managers

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (3rd program):
8,957

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (3rd program):

Students hired as Office Managers in Residence Halls are responsible for maintaining a sustainable office through green purchasing, education of peers, and resource management. They train Resident Assistants on ways to be sustainable in their role.


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

Resident Assistants apply to be promoted into the Office Manager role.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (3rd program):

Office Managers receive training in August to share with RA staff and set up their offices sustainably. They receive monthly workshops that often include sustainability principles to increase their competence within their position.


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):

Res Life provides training and support to students so they can experiment and engage in outreach and education programming within their dorms.


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:

Green Room Challenge is a set of guidelines to help students "green" their dorm rooms. It includes tips, background information and optional meetings to help students change habits or choose "green" products.

Waste & Recycling Interns are the largest sustainability internship program on campus. Part of their charge is outreach and education to all faculty, staff and students. However their outreach efforts do not qualify for this credit at this time.


Total number of hours student educators are engaged in peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education activities annually (all programs):
1,440

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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