Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.41
Liaison David Tedder
Submission Date Sept. 30, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Kentucky
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.93 / 4.00 Shane Tedder
Sustainability Coordinator
Office oF Sustainability
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
30,473

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):
7,105

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
23.32

Name of the student educators program:
Eco-Reps

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
7,105

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

The Eco Reps program serves as an opportunity for Resident Assistants to become directly involved in increasing sustainability at their resident hall. As a program of UK Recycling, the primary goal of Eco Reps is to increase recycling in residences halls. Additional sustainability efforts promoted by UK Recycling may also be included in the program outreach efforts.

Eco Reps are expected to perform the following:

Encourage all residents in your hall to recycle by speaking at hall meetings. Ensure all residents know you are a source for information and resources such as recycling bins.
Distribute handouts and “giveaway” materials to resident hall in a timely manner as provided to you by the Eco Reps Coordinator.
Meet with the Eco Reps Coordinator two times per semester.
Participate in the meetings with the Eco Reps Coordinator by providing feedback on outreach strategies.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

This is an area that will be slightly altered in the future. In the past, Eco Reps have predominately been recruited by Hall Directors at the request of the Eco Reps Coordinator or by UK Recycling staff at the fall Resource Fair.


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

Eco Reps are provided information in their first meeting regarding the Do's and Don'ts of recycling on campus. Special attention is given to items that are regularly questioned. They are also given flyers and are informed of how to answer various questions and handle requests (i.e. recycling bin requests for individual rooms). The Eco Reps are continually reminded to brainstorm various ways to increase messaging and outreach efforts throughout the year.


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 Eco Reps program has a Coordinator that trains the Eco Reps, is a point person for all questions, hosts meetings, coordinates outreach efforts (tablings and presentations), and conducts waste audits to measure success.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
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Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
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A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (2nd program):
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A brief description of how the student educators are selected (2nd program):
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A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (2nd 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) (2nd program):
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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:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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