Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 63.29
Liaison Allison Mihalich
Submission Date Oct. 13, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Notre Dame
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
2.09 / 4.00 Mike Seamon
Vice President
Campus Safety & University Operatis
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
12,292

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):
6,432

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
52.33

Name of the student educators program:
Sustainability Commissioners

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
6,432

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

Sustainability Commissioners are chosen within their residence hall and work closely with the Office of Sustainability to reduce the environmental impact of the University through programming and education initiatives in their dorm. Commissioners serve as the formal link between the student body and the Office of Sustainability.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

Within each hall students are elected to commissioner positions that are in charge of organizing projects and events pertaining to their specific area. Sustainability commissioners cultivate environmental awareness by encouraging education and stewardship in the residence halls. The Office of Sustainability holds monthly meetings with the sustainability commissioners where they can both meet each other and receive materials for organizing effective events.


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

At the beginning of each school year, the Office of Sustainability hosts a retreat for the sustainability commissioners. At this retreat, members of the Office of Sustainability present on different sustainability programs, initiatives and projects on campus. The commissioners are provided with information (available electronically) including a campus contact list, resources page, event submission forms, and other suggestions for dorm projects. Additionally, a member of the Office of Sustainability hosts a dinner/meeting once a month with all of the commissioners. The meetings are used to touch base with the commissioners, to share events that occurred in the past month, and also to make announcements about up-coming activities.


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):

Each hall is allotted a total budget for hall council and each commissioner is given an event budget to use throughout the school year. The commissioners may use their event budget for different programs and projects on sustainability for their dorm. The Office of Sustainability has funds available for some events.


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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 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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