Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Kyrke Gaudreau
Submission Date Aug. 20, 2011
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University of Northern British Columbia
ER-1: Student Sustainability Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Danielle Smyth
Green University Project Manager
Office of the Provost
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Total number of degree-seeking students enrolled at the institution:
3138

Program name (1st program):
Green Residence Assistants Program

Number of students served by the program (1st program):
529

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

Green Residence Assistants (RA) are selected through a comprehensive interview process completed with input from the Residence Life Manager and the Sustainability Manager. Green RA candidates are selected based on their work experience, academic interest, co-curricular interests and genuine interest in sustainability issues.

Green RA candidates submit a cover letter and resume outlining pertinent experience and are short listed to phone interviews. Phone interview candidates were asked questions regarding their student leadership experience, passion for sustainability issues and initial ideas for green programming in residence.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (1st program):

Green RA’s receive 1-week of fall training in August and 1-weekend of winter training along with the rest of the Residence Life Team. Each Green RA is provided with hands on training and support from the Residence Life Coorinator and the Sustainability Manager. Green RA's have been invited to attend workshops and training sessions on topics such as Community Based Social Marketing (fostering sustainable behaviour).


A brief description of the staff and/or other financial support the institution provides to the program (1st program):

The Green Residence Assistant (RA) Program was established in 2010 through a $10,000 seed grant provided by the UNBC Green Fund. This initial funding provided the resources to hire two part-time Green RA's (one per residence building) and invest in recycling infrastructure in the apartment suites. The program will expand during the 2011-2012 academic year to include two full-time Green RA's providing more sustianability resources and programming for students living on campus.

The Green RA Program is supported by UNBC staff and other financial resources including the following:
- Green RA's meet weekly with other Residence Assistants and bi-weekly with the Residence Life Coordinator
- Green RA’s receive subsidized housing costs in lieu of salary
- Each Green RA receives a $500.00 annual programming budget for supplies and incentive prizes
- The Housing and Residence Life office supports the annual cost of training the Green RA's (approximately $545.00)


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Program name (2nd program):
Northern Undergraduate Student Society - Associate Director of Campus Sustainbility

Number of students served by the program (2nd program):
3138

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

The Associate Director of Campus Sustainbility is selected through an annual election. Voting is open to all undergraduate students at UNBC, and typically occurs in March of every year. As with all other positions on the Northern Undergraduate Student Society, candidates campaign for two weeks and give a public speech about themselves and their intentions upon election. Each presentation is followed by a question period. The elections take place at the end of March and the successful candidate takes office in April.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (2nd program):

Formal training for the new Associate Director of Campus Sustainability includes shadowing the previous AD Campus Sustainability for 5 hours, to ensure a smooth transition. As a new NUGSS Board member, the student must also attend a 3-day retreat with the rest of the Board to familiarize themselves with NUGSS operating procedures. Candidates chosen for this position also take courses related to sustainability, attend conferences and workshops, and have held leadership roles in other environmental organizations.


A brief description of the staff and/or other financial support the institution provides to the program (2nd program):

The Associate Director of Campus Sustainability works with other representatives on the student society Board of Directors, and also works with environmental organizations on campus including Students for a Green University and the Prince George Public Interest Research Group.

The program provides a $200 monthly honorarium, upon the completion of 15 hours of work. Sustainability project funding is provided through the NUGSS Budget when available.


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