Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.47
Liaison Sally DeLeon
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Maryland, College Park
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Mark Stewart
Sustainability Manager
Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
39,083

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):
39,083

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
100

Name of the student educators program:
LEAF Outreach Team

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
39,083

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

The LEAF Outreach Team is a group of motivated interns who take an active role in promoting sustainability at UMD. Outreach Team members participate in diverse activities and events aimed at encouraging people to reduce their footprint and become more sustainable. LEAF is an acronym and stands for Lead, Educate, Act, Facilitate – this is their job description! Their primary goal is to “LEAF Out” across campus at special events, games, gatherings and tabling opportunities to promote and reward green practices on our campus.

Key Activities of the LEAF Outreach team include:
-Communication. Help us spread the word to others. From workshops with their residence hall, club, team, group, etc. to tabling at events, their job is to inform others about how to reduce their environmental impact.
-Catching people Green-handed. Catch people doing a sustainable act, snap their photo, connect via social media, and reward them.
-Educational activities and crafting at special events. These events include Earth Day, Stamp Fest, Maryland Day, The Farmers Market at Maryland, First Look Fair, The Commuter Breakfasts, etc.... The activities LEAF will do with students include making an all natural green cleaner, upcycled magnets or other crafts from old magazines/ old sports magnets, small footprint pledge to reduce environmental impact, DIY all-natural air fresheners, and more.
-Educate. Running educational workshops such as teaching people about food miles or carbon footprints associated with their food. Each activity is not just an activity, but a lesson about why what the student is doing is sustainable.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

The positions were advertised via the Office of Sustainability website, social media, across campus at the First Look Fair and through the College Park Scholars program (a living and learning program). The Office of Sustainability worked with the Scholars program to ensure that the LEAF internship could be used for a Scholars practicum and that the students could earn 1 credit hour through their 40-hour time commitment. Applicants were asked to submit video applications so we could see how “outgoing” the applicants were. The application videos were used to pick those students selected for an in-person interview. From the in-person interviews, a team of 16 students with two upperclassman leaders were selected.


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

Students selected to be part of the LEAF Outreach Team attended an eight-hour training session that included:
-Team building and team behaviors
-Developing a better understanding of outreach and education initiatives
-Training in specific outreach activities
-Tracking UMD sustainability efforts

Additionally, the LEAF Outreach team meets for one-hour each week to discuss past events, upcoming outreach activities, new education initiatives, and other new opportunities.


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):

A staff member in the Office of Sustainability has dedicated time in her work plan to manage and facilitate the outreach team. In addition, the Office of Sustainability supports team materials development including educational materials, hand-outs, workshop supplies, website development, LEAF Team gear, etc.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Student Sustainability Advisors

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
4,143

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

The University of Maryland provides a First Year Sustainability Education program. The Office of Sustainability selects a group of juniors and seniors to be Student Sustainability Advisors to develop and deliver a sustainability presentation that engages first year students in conversation about sustainability and encourages them to get involved in finding solutions. The Student Sustainability Advisors share their contact information with first-year students and make themselves available to follow up as needed.


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

Student Sustainability Advisors are selected through an application process managed by the Office of Sustainability which includes a video submission.


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

The Office of Sustainability conducts formal training with student educators during the first four weeks of the fall semester.


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):

A staff member in the Office of Sustainability works closely with the student peer educators, creates and delivers trainings, and helps develop presentation materials for educators to use in classes.


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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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