Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.25
Liaison Meredith Moore
Submission Date Feb. 25, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.08 / 4.00 Meredith Moore
Sustainability Programs Coordinator
Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment
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Number of students enrolled for credit:
52,331

Total number of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
16,873

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
32.24

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Sustainability LLC and Eco-mmunity

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

University Housing offers two Environmental Outreach Programs on campus. In the Sustainability Living Learning Community (LLC), students live and learn about diverse aspects of sustainability in a variety of ways: academically, organically, and experientially. Students from a range of different backgrounds come together to explore their interest in and commitment to sustainable living.

As part of the Eco-munnity program, volunteer student peer educators reach out to their fellow on-campus residents through formal events and informal connections to promote a greener lifestyle in on-campus housing.


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

The Sustainability Living Learning Community was started in 2012. It was identified that there was a need for students, typically first-year undergraduate students, to be surrounded by sustainability-minded peers. The creation of the Sustainability Living Learning Community made it possible for students to have a constant relationship with sustainability while on campus. Various program directors and interns have contributed to making the Sustainability Living Learning Community what it is today.


Number of trained student educators (1st program):
25

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (1st program):
35

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (1st program):
2

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (1st program):
70

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (1st program):
Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Certified Green Chapter Program

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

The Certified Green Chapter Program provides every fraternity and sorority an opportunity to receive campuswide recognition for their sustainable behaviors. Peer educators from the Greek community handle the direct outreach to every student in their community, with our sustainability staff providing overhead and support.


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

The Certified Green Chapter Program is officially relaunched as of Oct. 1, 2020! This program is run by iSEE and aims to encourage Greek chapters at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to commit to sustainability actions across categories such as transportation, waste and recycling, and utilities.

Different certification rankings (bronze, silver, and gold) are based on the number of elective actions chosen by the chapter members. We recommend using this program as an opportunity to not only reduce your chapter’s carbon footprint, but to also increase member involvement and promote successes to prospective members.


Number of trained student educators (2nd program):
100

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (2nd program):
52

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (2nd program):
35

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

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (2nd program):
Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
Illini Lights Out

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

Student educators inform peers of the opportunities they have to reduce their carbon footprint through sustainable behaviors as simple as turning off lights in empty classrooms and related activities, and lead teams throughout campus to implement green initiatives.


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

iSEE’s Illini Lights Out (ILO) program demonstrates the immense energy-saving impact of simply turning off the lights when you leave a classroom, lab, or study space. On a few Friday nights each month, volunteers gather to form mini lights-out brigades and tour campus buildings recording how many lights are left on (and shutting off as many as they can, of course). Volunteering takes about an hour and a half, and there are always snacks afterward! Thanks to a grant from the Student Sustainability Committee (SSC), ILO has multiple events you can take part in each semester!


Number of trained student educators (3rd program):
574

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (3rd program):
35

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (3rd program):
2

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (3rd program):
70

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:

The Student Sustainability Committee (SSC) is a student-led campus committee charged with the distribution of two student fees: the Sustainable Campus Environment Fee and the Clean Energy Technologies Fee. With the ultimate goal of making the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign a leader in campus sustainability, SSC reviews, recommends, and funds projects that increase environmental stewardship, inspire change, and impact students.

The Student Sustainability Committee has identified six focus areas for sustainability improvements on campus. Working groups will explore possible projects for future funding within each focus area. In addition, working groups will pre-review each funding application and make a recommendation to the committee for project funding. Each working group is chaired by a student SSC member and advised by a faculty or staff SSC member.

Energy: This working group will explore possibilities for carbon reduction through renewable energy, energy efficiency, and green building.
Food & Waste: This working group will explore possibilities to expand sustainable food consumption and responsible waste practices.
Water: This working group will explore potable water use reduction, greywater use, and water conservation in campus facilities.
Land: This working group will explore carbon sequestration and reducing inputs for managing landscapes.
Education: This working group will explore ways to further incorporate sustainability into curriculum, programming, and departmental educational missions.
Transportation: This working group will explore alternative, low carbon transportation options for students, faculty, and staff.


Number of trained student educators (all other programs):
250

Number of weeks, on average, the student educators programs are active annually (all other programs):
35

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per student educator (all other programs) :
2

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (all other programs):
12,000

Grand total number of hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators (all programs):
12,142

Hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators per student served by a peer-to-peer program:
0.72

Website URL where information about the student sustainability educators programs is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Compilation of Registered Student Organizations volunteer hours, ILO, and Green Certifications.

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