Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.20
Liaison Jonathan Rausseo
Submission Date March 29, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Ottawa
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.39 / 4.00 Jonathan Rausseo
campus sustainability manager
physical resources service
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
41882

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):
35490

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
84.74

Name of the student educators program:
Bike Coop

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
2200

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

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:

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 to prepare them to conduct peer outreach:

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.


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 University provides the Bike Coop's space and utilities at no charge.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Community Gardens

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
75

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

Student educators are selected by OPIRG (Ottawa Public Interest Research Group) and the Community Garden group.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (2nd program):

Training is conducted by campus community actors to help the garden members learn about gardening practices and safety. Workshops typically take place over a few sessions and a campus resource library is available to the community garden all year around.


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):

The University provides the group with gardening space, mulch, and compost. The University also manages landscaping around the space and pays for associated utilities, such as water.


Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
People's Republic of Delicious

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (3rd program):
75

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

PRD is a food collective comprised of students at the University of Ottawa advocating for accessible, healthy and alternative meals and food systems. All of PRD’s meals are vegan, and the association functions on a pay-what-you-can basis, enabling our service to be as inclusive as possible to the entire community. The People’s Republic of Delicious seeks to create a positive environment and sense of community at the University of Ottawa by involving student volunteers in the cooking, serving and cleaning processes, sharing valuable culinary skills and promoting healthy eating.


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

Student educators include a dedicated team of volunteers.


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

The volunteer team that operates PRD receives some formal training prior to starting the year; they are a collaborative of individuals that share knowledge of best practices and train each other using community resources.


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):

The University of Ottawa provides space required for this initiative.


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:

Green Reps: The Green Reps program is designed for residence students who would like to be involved in activities that make the University of Ottawa residences more environmentally sustainable. Green Rep activities aim to increase students’ awareness of the impacts that their day-to-day actions have on the environment. Green Reps attended monthly training workshops administered by the Office of Campus Sustainability manager.


Total number of hours student educators are engaged in peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education activities annually (all programs):
20

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Jonathan Rausseo - 613.799.9845 - jrausseo@uottawa.ca

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

uOttawa Community Garden (rotating coordinators)
garden.uottawa@gmail.com

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