Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.87
Liaison Elias Platte-Bermeo
Submission Date July 29, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Southern California
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.12 / 4.00 Elias Platte-Bermeo
Sustainability Program Assistant
Office of Sustainability
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Number of students enrolled for credit:
53,186

Total number of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
5,000

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
9.40

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Tailgate Waste Diversion Education Program

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

Tailgate Waste Diversion Program: USC Sustainability and Facilities Management Services are partnering to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill from campus during football season tailgates. Student facilitators - known as Trojan Trash Talkers - educate campus tailgaters on how to sort their waste and divert recyclable and compostable materials from landfill, creating a more sustainable game day experience for all Trojan football fans. Trojan Trash Talkers are trained through in-person orientation sessions hosted by the Office of Sustainability and a series of check-ins throughout the course of the football season. Thousands of people - students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members - have been in touch with our student volunteers, learning all about composting, recycling, and why pushing to move waste out of landfills is important.

Through the Trojan Trash Talkers program, USC students gain expertise in waste sorting, the environmental impacts of landfill waste, and the specific waste diversion challenges USC faces. These students are then able to directly educate their peers on these topics throughout the course of the football season.


A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (1st program):

The Tailgate Waste Diversion Program is intended to increase knowledge of waste diversion and the importance of reducing landfill waste among attendees at gameday tailgates. This includes undergraduate and graduate students, staff, faculty, alumni, and members of the broader community.


Number of trained student educators (1st program):
45

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (1st program):
8

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (1st program):
2.50

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (1st program):
900

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (1st program):
Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Wrigley Ambassadors Program

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

The Wrigley Ambassadors work to catalyze and facilitate integrated change across USC. They seek to accomplish long term systems change by creating a variety of experiences for students across all fields of study to gain full understandings as to how their specific field/practice/discipline plays a fundamental role with regards to sustainability. The Wrigley Ambassadors Program seeks to fully prepare students/future decision-makers to actively create change - equipping students with more than mere understandings of the problems that exist but rather with understandings as to what to look for, how to think and what to change when they graduate and enter their particular industry. Wrigley Institute faculty advisors offer information and training to Wrigley Ambassadors, providing exposure to campus experts in the Office of Sustainability and beyond, allowing the Ambassadors to become experts as well.

In order to create meaningful progress, Wrigley Ambassadors seek to facilitate collaboration within their field and the Wrigley Institute on Catalina Island and gel together often fragmented stakeholders that all play pivotal roles in accomplishing large scale change.


A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (2nd program):

The Wrigley Ambassadors Program's target audience is students who are interested in sustainability but who are not necessarily studying sustainability. The program targets interdisciplinary thinkers, because they believe sustainability should be foundational to every discipline.

The program was specifically developed to inspire and teach students about their community and its attributes through classroom exercises, art projects, field trips and hands-on experiences.


Number of trained student educators (2nd program):
3

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (2nd program):
30

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (2nd program):
4

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (2nd program):
360

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (2nd program):
Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
Housing Eco-Reps Program

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

USC's EcoRep program has students working in USC housing to promote and educate their fellow residents on sustainable living practices. EcoReps are based in residential buildings and use peer education techniques to increase sustainable behavior in housing. USC staff offer information and training to EcoReps and provide them with exposure to campus sustainability experts, allowing the EcoReps to become sustainability experts as well. They have been supervised by the institution and report to their particular building's Resident Advisor (RA).


A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (3rd program):

The target audience for this program are the students living in USC housing. This ranges from freshman to seniors.


Number of trained student educators (3rd program):
9

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (3rd program):
24

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (3rd program):
5

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (3rd program):
1,080

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:
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Number of trained student educators (all other programs):
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Number of weeks, on average, the student educators programs are active annually (all other programs):
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Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per student educator (all other programs) :
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Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (all other programs):
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Grand total number of hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators (all programs):
2,340

Hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators per student served by a peer-to-peer program:
0.47

Website URL where information about the student sustainability educators programs is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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