Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.90
Liaison Sarah Stoeckl
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Oregon
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.45 / 4.00 Robyn Hathcock
Recycling Coordinator
Campus Operations
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Number of students enrolled for credit:
22,760

Total number of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
16,350

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
71.84

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Sustainability Ambassadors

A brief description of the student educators program (1st program):
The role of student Sustainability Ambassadors, hired by the Office of Sustainability, is to provide education and outreach to the campus community. Ambassadors attend a bi-weekly crew meeting during the academic terms with the program manager. The main goals of each crew meeting are to 1) provide Ambassadors with necessary education and training for upcoming events and 2) create an opportunity to debrief recent past outreach activities and share and learn from fellow Ambassadors' experience. Initial training comes in the form of a presentation with slides, followed up with onsite training as needed (ie., demonstrating effective strategies to begin an interaction with a passerby) and a tour of zero waste operations. Examples of educational and outreach activities conducted by Sustainability Ambassadors include: educate students living on campus about the importance of returning dishware to support the reusable dishware program; staffing of waste stations at campus fairs, events and student union building initiatives to ensure proper material sorting and recycling; staff Sustainability tables and utilize informational resources and games to interact with students and additional community members at events. By the time STARS 2.2 is submitted for the UO, the Sustainability Ambassadors hours will have been committed for the following term to provide outreach to lab managers on energy conservation through fume hood closure, inventory ultra-low temperature freezers in campus labs, and staff student outreach events at the Student Sustainability Fair and RecycleMania events.

A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (1st program):
Residence hall students (nearly 5000) and broader campus community: undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff.

Number of trained student educators (1st program):
14

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (1st program):
30

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (1st program):
8

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (1st program):
3,360

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (1st program):
Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
UO Student Sustainability Center

A brief description of the student educators program (2nd program):
The Student Sustainability Center (SSC) is a program of the Erb Memorial Union. The SSC is a collaborative space for student-led initiatives that foster and support the simultaneous pursuit of human equity, environmental vitality, and economic well-being for the present and future. The SSC hires student coordinators that work on projects and events that educate the student body. Outreach activities include coordinating Earth Week for campus, tabling for sustainability initiatives, and educational presentations at student organization meetings. Students also organize programs that provide food security and other basic needs resources. Throughout the year, student staff participate in ongoing training to become effective leaders. They are trained in both subject area content and in professional skills. Training is done by the Director of the Student Sustainability Center and by outside organizations and partners that align with the SSC's goals.

A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (2nd program):
Student educators target students across campus, specifically those in residence halls and those experiencing difficulty meeting basic needs.

Number of trained student educators (2nd program):
15

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (2nd program):
40

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (2nd program):
8

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (2nd program):
3,500

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (2nd program):
Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
Unpack the Quack - Move-in Recycling Volunteers

A brief description of the student educators program (3rd program):
Students enrolled in the Environmental Leaders Academic Residence Community volunteer as recycling helpers during the official move-in day prior to the new school year. These students staff high-traffic, visible and temporary move-in waste stations around the residence halls. Their duties are to help students and their families sort and recycle their move-in waste materials and provide information about where the permanent recycling sites are located in each student's residence hall. These student educators are trained through a presentation from the program manager. They gain a thorough overview on how to recycle properly on campus, information they share with other new students and their families.

A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (3rd program):
New students living on campus in residence halls and their families helping them move onto campus

Number of trained student educators (3rd program):
50

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (3rd program):
1

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (3rd program):
3.50

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (3rd program):
175

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (3rd program):
A brief description of all other student peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs:
The Bike Program is coordinated through the UO's Outdoor Program. The Bike Program's mission is to connect students with biking culture, maintenance, and opportunities. Encouraging alternative modes of transportation, particularly through bicycle use, is a key component to a university's carbon reduction and community impact goals.

Number of trained student educators (all other programs):
6

Number of weeks, on average, the student educators programs are active annually (all other programs):
49

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per student educator (all other programs) :
15

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (all other programs):
1,225

Grand total number of hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators (all programs):
8,260

Hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators per student served by a peer-to-peer program:
0.51

Website URL where information about the student sustainability educators programs is available:
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