Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.35
Liaison Amy Kadrie
Submission Date Dec. 15, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Rochester
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.11 / 4.00 Karen Berger
Ph.D.
Earth and Environmental Sciences
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Total number of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:

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Name of the student educators program (1st program):
EcoReps

A brief description of the student educators program (1st program):
The EcoReps are a select group of first year students, led by a team of experienced upperclassmen, who work to educate their fellow residents about more sustainable living, with a focus on the college setting. They inspire environmental responsibility by creating informational boards in their residence hall, which provide tips and information for greener living as well as hosting hall programs, which bring the group together with an environmentally themed activity. EcoReps also work in themed committees, each of which have a unique focus (such as working in the campus garden, collaborating with their community partner, or planning campus-wide initiatives). There is also a 2-credit course associated with the program, which meets twice a week.

A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (1st program):
The EcoReps primarily work to educate the residential first-year student population, though all are welcome to attend events and a few campus-wide events are planned as well (such as a tie-dye event held this past spring).

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Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Team Green-Dining

A brief description of the student educators program (2nd program):
Dining Team Green is a group of interns hired by University of Rochester Dining Services. Team Green consists of a Student Manager, and four or five Marketing Interns and Sustainability Coordinators. They work on a number of sustainability initiatives for dining throughout the year, and serve as student liaisons between Dining Services and Rochester students. Some current and ongoing projects of Team Green include the Eco-Clamshell, the food labeling system, Meatless Monday, local purchasing, composting, Local Foods Week once a semester, and promoting reusable mugs and bags on campus.

A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (2nd program):
Dining Team Green serves the entire undergraduate population at the University of Rochester by promoting sustainability in the dining halls and through their various campus-wide programs and initiatives.

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Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
Team Green-Facilities

A brief description of the student educators program (3rd program):
Facilities Team Green is a group of interns hired by University of Rochester Facilities and Services. The team consists of 3 positions; Sustainability Programs Coordinator, Sustainability Marketing Intern and Sustainability Writing Intern. Facilities Team Green's mission is to increase education and awareness of sustainability among the University of Rochester community. The team participates in many different sustainability initiatives each year to promote recycling, reduce waste, and generally encourage sustainable behaviors on campus. Monthly tabling events allows Facilities Team Green to interact with students, staff, and faculty on campus to inform them of current green initiatives and encourage participation in events such as RecycleMania. In addition to RecycleMania in the spring, Facilities Team Green assists in the GameDay Recycling Challenge, an international competition that promotes waste diversion at a home football game each fall. Together, the team uses blogging, social media, events, and word-of-mouth to educate the University of Rochester on current initiatives in sustainability.

A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (3rd program):
Facilities Team Green serves the entire undergraduate population at the University of Rochester by promoting sustainability on campus and through their various campus-wide programs and initiatives.

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A brief description of all other student peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs:
Grassroots is the University of Rochester's premier environmental action and awareness group. They work to improve our own campus through improving resource use, re-purposing space for gardens, managing recycling, supporting local foods, and increasing awareness. Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) is committed to the promotion of sustainability around campus through student lead projects, informative tours of local sustainable facilities, and participating in green awareness events in the Rochester area. We strive to implement green practices on a local scale. Their most recent project involved research on a bicycle powered smoothie machine. Simon Net Impact is a volunteer lead group that drives change by creating a like-minded community and providing events and programs that support members who aim to use business as a force for environmental and social impact. SAVVY was founded to help increase awareness, and provide support for vegetarians, vegans, and anyone who is interested in learning about how our dietary and lifestyle choices affect us and our environment. Using vegetarianism as an educational tool, SAVVY provides the encouragement and resources necessary to enable everyone to take an active role in making society ever better. They sponsor educational events, host bi-weekly meetings, make restaurant trips, cook together at vegetarian potlucks, and work with dining services to increase the availability and quality of vegetarian and vegan options on campus. UR Microfarm's mission is to Increase dining sustainability while also educating UR community on social justice issues surrounding food. They host general interest meetings where any student can go and learn more about what takes place at the microfarm. Engineers Without Boarder's (EWB) goal is to support community-driven development programs worldwide. They aid in the design and implementation of sustainable engineering projects. Their current project is focusing on the rural town of Don Juan in the Dominican Republic. They are working to provide access to clean, running water to the primary school of “Escuela Taller Santa Maria Josefa Rossello” affecting the greater school community. Greenspace is The University of Rochester's first special interest housing floor dedicated to living sustainably. A few examples of this is implementing a 5 minute shower limit as well as unplugging devices that are not being used. They are in charge of the water and energy conservation part of Recyclemania. Eastman for Earth is a student ran group at the Eastman School of Music that is committed to providing students with opportunities to discuss and discover the human relationship with the Earth, E4E plans environmental related social events, both educational and practical, throughout the academic school year.

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