Overall Rating Expired
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Liaison Peter Stiling
Submission Date Jan. 28, 2011
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University of South Florida
ER-1: Student Sustainability Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Christian Wells
Director
Office of Sustainability
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Total number of degree-seeking students enrolled at the institution:
25133

Program name (1st program):
Chief Sustainability Officer, Student Government

Number of students served by the program (1st program):
25133

A brief description of how the student educators are selected (1st program):

The student who fulfills this position is elected through the Student Government, under the Executive Branch.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (1st program):

The students receive training for this position through their involvement in the Sustainability Fellows Program through the Office of Sustainability. They are responsible for coordinating and implementing university sustainability initiatives. This position includes a seat on the Sustainability Steering Committee. Currently, the SG CSO holds a senior level officer position in the Student Environmental Association, orgainzes the university's involvement in RecycleMania, and resides in the Green Living and Learning Community on campus.


A brief description of the staff and/or other financial support the institution provides to the program (1st program):

The student is provided a stipend for 20 hours per week at $9.55/hour


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Program name (2nd program):
Sustainability Scholars Program

Number of students served by the program (2nd program):
25133

A brief description of how the student educators are selected (2nd program):

In collaboration with the Office of Undergraduate Research, the Office of Sustainability initiated the Sustainability Scholars Program. This service-learning program provides talented USF undergraduate students with the opportunity to work closely with the Office of Sustainability staff to make USF a Green University. Sustainability Scholars work collaboratively with stakeholder groups on campus to conduct “sustainability audits” of selected programs, offices, and businesses, examining and assessing coupled social, economic, and environmental practices that promote or impede sustainability. Scholars share their results with the group in the form of a sustainability report card with specific suggestions for creating or improving sustainable practices. The greater goal of the research effort is to help the USF community become a cleaner, greener place to live and work. Two Sustainability Scholars are selected each fall and spring semester.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (2nd program):

Throughout the experience, Sustainability Scholars learn how to construct and implement a formal research design, receive training in research ethics and relevant methods for data collection and analysis, and use their results to help create and evaluate policies and programs for sustainability initiatives at USF.

These students work closely with Office of Sustainability staff and work directly with many of the sustainability related groups and initiatives on campus.


A brief description of the staff and/or other financial support the institution provides to the program (2nd program):

Each scholar is awarded $1000 and receives three credit hours of mentored “Undergraduate Research.” The time commitment for this program is roughly 10 hours per week for one semester.


The website URL for 2nd program:
Program name (3rd program):
Sustainability Fellows Program

Number of students served by the program (3rd program):
25133

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

In collaboration with the Office of the Provost, the Office of Sustainability started the Sustainability Fellows Program. This service-learning program provides talented USF graduate students with the opportunity to work closely with the Office of Sustainability staff to make USF a Green University. Two Sustainability Fellows are selected each semester. Reappointment for a second semester is contingent upon satisfactory performance of assigned duties.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (3rd program):

Sustainability Fellows serve as 0.25-0.50 FTE Graduate Research Assistants, working 10-20 hours per week to help coordinate sustainability activities on campus, educational and community-based initiatives on sustainability, and other tasks integral to the mission of the Office of Sustainability.

Students in this position work closely with Office of Sustainability staff and work directly with many of the sustainability related groups and initiatives on campus.


A brief description of the staff and/or other financial support the institution provides to the program (3rd program):

Each fellow receives a stipend of $3750-$7500 (for Ph.D. students) or $2500-$5000 (for MA students) per semester along with the rights afforded to graduate assistants as outlined in the USF/BOT-UFF/GAU Collective Bargaining Agreement.


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