Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.04
Liaison Troy Goodnough
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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University of Minnesota, Morris
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Troy Goodnough
Sustainability Director
Office of Sustainability
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
1,771

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):
1,771

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

Name of the student educators program:
Green Ambassador Program

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
1,771

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

The purpose of our Green Ambassador program is to train as many student in giving the standard "Green Tour" as possible. We provide tour training, a script, etc. Our expectation is that the newly-trained Ambassador selects a group of their own choosing -- their residence hall floormates, their friends, the members of their sports team, and offer them the same tour. Some of the key activities in this area include campus tours of our many sustainability-related assets: the on-campus biomass gasification plant, the two 1.65MW wind turbines, the 32-panel solar thermal system, solar PV, our recycling center and more.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

Any student interested in being a Green Ambassador is invited to attend a training session.


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

The students spend an afternoon with the staff of the Office of Sustainability talking about the different efforts on campus. They then take a tour of the wind turbine, biomass plant, Welcome Center (a green building), and solar thermal arrays.
They are provided with formal publications about the sustainability efforts of campus as well as a script and audio information to improve their skills at delivering the tour.


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 Office of Sustainability provides staff time to train and support the Green Ambassadors.


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

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
763

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

Sustainability-outreach and educational activities take place within Office of Residential life, including the Green Prairie Community Residence hall. CAs are trained to highlight certain sustainability ideas with their residents and expected to provide sustainability floor programs for residents.


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

Community advisors are hired by residential life at Morris to serve in the residence halls.


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 and Residential Life staff work work with CAs on articulating Morris's sustainability mission and vision and provides resources to help residents think more about sustainability in their everyday campus life.


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):

Office of Sustainability and the Office of Residential Life provide support for this program in time and labor. Office of Residential life also provides funds for student floor programming and sustainability-related engagement with the rest of campus.


Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
Building Institutional Sustainability Networks (BISoN)

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (3rd program):
1,771

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

The BISoN program invited all campus members to join a small group of students, faculty and staff to learn more about sustainability. The purpose of the program is to train participants in basic sustainability-thinking and to provide them with tools to engage with other people within their social networks on campus.


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

An email was sent to all campus participants. Anyone who volunteered to be a part of the BISoN cohort is invited to participate.


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

The training trajectory follows this arc: think about where we live (sense of place, consider past), inform participants about what has the Morris sustainability journey has already been (celebration of past and present work), think about what sustainability is about (systems-thinking, how does it related to liberal arts education, getting basic literacy), think about how each of us leads (what is our personal leadership style, how do we make contributions to shaping the society we want, on- and off-campus, this is often the "hidden" lives of our fac/staff/students...volunteer work, etc.), then consider our role as a change agents (what do you want to see changed, how can we each take steps to make change happen), discuss as a larger group what we learned during the BISoN year.

Materials are provided for each meeting.


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):

Several offices, including the Sustainability Leadership Fellows for the Future program and Office of Sustainability provided staff support.

https://www4.morris.umn.edu/sustainability/sustainability-leaders-future


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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Fall 2013, fall headcount, degree-seeking, 2014-2014 UMM Databook, 1846
Fall 2013, fall headcount, 1946
48% of student body lives on campus
http://reports.morris.umn.edu/2013-14_UMM_DataBook.pdf

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