Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.86
Liaison Jonathan Rausseo
Submission Date April 10, 2013
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University of Ottawa
ER-1: Student Sustainability Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.43 / 5.00 Jonathan Rausseo
campus sustainability manager
physical resources service
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Total number of degree-seeking students enrolled at the institution:

Program name (1st program):
Green Reps

Number of students served by the program to whom peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education is offered (1st program):

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (1st program):
Green Reps project aims to enhance students’ university experience by getting them involved in exciting activities happening throughout the year. As Green Reps, these students take part in various eco-friendly activities organized by the Office of Campus Sustainability, such as Recycle Mania, Green Week and the University’s composting program. Furthermore, Green Reps maintain the link between the Sustainable Development Office and the student population by making students aware of environmental issues and eco-friendly activities. Green Reps are knowledgeable individuals who, after undergoing training, are able to answer environmental questions from fellow students.

A brief description of how the student educators are selected (1st program):
Students are recruited as volunteers using mail-outs and the Housing Services and Campus Sustainability websites. Volunteers are also recruited during larger activities and green themed workshops.

A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (1st program):
Formal training is provided through workshops and regular meetings. There is also a website with tools and information listed for the Green Reps.

A brief description of the staff and/or other financial support the institution provides to the program (1st program):
Several staff members work on coordinating and administering the program. Financing for the program is ad hoc. Portions are funded by Housing Services, Physical Resources Service, and campus funding grants.

The website URL for 1st Program:
Program name (2nd program):
Bike Coop

Number of students to whom peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education is offered (2nd program):

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (2nd program):
The Bike Co-op advocates for participation, action and empowerment through direct action, self education, and guided workshops; as well as offering accessible biking resources to make bicycle knowledge – repairs, safety practices, and political action– available to the University of Ottawa and the community.

A brief description of how the student educators are selected (2nd program):
Student educators are selected by the SFUO's Bike Coop. They are often employees and volunteers of the Coop.

A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (2nd program):
Students teach other students about all things related to sustainable transportation with respects to cycling. The Coop hosts bike repair sessions, "how to cycle" and "cycling safety" workshops, cycling tours, as well as bicycle advocacy discussions. The core service of the Coop is to teach students how to repair their own bikes.

A brief description of the staff and/or other financial support the institution provides to the program (2nd program):
The University provides the Bike Coop's space and utilities, as well as some furnishings

The website URL for 2nd program:
Program name (3rd program):
Community Gardens

Number of students to whom peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education is offered (3rd program):

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (3rd program):
The community gardens are a partnership between OPIRG and the university. Students organize to to conduct planting workshop, garden cleaning sessions, and share harvesting tips. The gardens are organic spaces so no pesticides or artificial fertilizers are permitted.

A brief description of how the student educators are selected (3rd program):
Student educators are selected by the OPIRG. The activity is completely volunteer run.

A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (3rd program):
Training is conducted by local farmers and campus community actors to help the educators spread the word about gardening practices and safety. This typically takes place over a few sessions and a campus ressource is available to the community garden all year around.

A brief description of the staff and/or other financial support the institution provides to the program (3rd program):
The University provides the group with gardening space, mulch, and compost. The University also conducts the landscaping around the sapce.

The website URL for 3rd program:
Program name (All other programs):
Community Kitchen

Number of students to whom peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education is offered (All other programs):

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (All other programs):
Each month, we gather in the 90u kitchen to cook together while sharing knowledge about food and our community. We use a Good Food box (also available to purchase at the Food Bank every month!) so everything is fresh and as local as possible.

A brief description of how the student educators are selected (All other programs):
Student educators are selected by the SFUO’s Sustainable Development Centre. They are often employees and volunteers of the office itself.

A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (All other programs):
Community Kitchen: Students teach other students through monthly community building/knowledge sharing events how to create healthy and sustainable meals. The Sustainable Development Centre will partners with a different SFUO services every month, as well as the Green Reps program through the SFUO to get together and create a meal. Through this, people learn cooking skills, and discuss how various issues can relate to sustainability

A brief description of the staff and/or other financial support the institution provides to the program (All other programs):
The University provides the SFUO’s Sustainable Development Centre with spaces and utilities, as well as some furnishings.

The website URL for all other programs:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
The Green Reps program is in its second year of operation and does not have a dedicated coordinator. The coordination is split between several units. Other responsible parties are : Brigitte Morin, recycling coordinator at the Physical Resources Service, 613-562-5800 Extension 3997, bmorin@uOttawa.ca Terry Kruyk, 613-564-5400 Extension 3658 tkruyk@uOttawa.ca

The Green Reps program is in its second year of operation and does not have a dedicated coordinator. The coordination is split between several units.

Other responsible parties are :

Brigitte Morin, recycling coordinator at the Physical Resources Service, 613-562-5800 Extension 3997, bmorin@uOttawa.ca

Terry Kruyk, 613-564-5400 Extension 3658
tkruyk@uOttawa.ca

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