Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.48
Liaison Amy Brunvand
Submission Date Oct. 21, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Utah
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.94 / 4.00 Ayrel Clark-Proffitt
Campus Engagement Manager
Sustainability Office
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Number of students enrolled for credit:
32,994

Total number of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
29,127

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
88.28

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Edible Campus Gardens Stewards

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

Stewards of the Edible Campus Garden, the University of Utah’s on-campus, hands-on learning gardens, are student educators who host multiple volunteer opportunities each week for their peers at the two garden locations on campus. Through active garden training during the peak growing season and season extension in the garden hoop house, students are able to offer gardening opportunities year-round. Stewards also offer hands-on Winter Workshops during the winter, as well as the opportunity to create seeding plans and implement a maintenance schedule for the upcoming spring. The program offers the stewards direct experience in gardening and managing events, but more importantly, it creates a peer-to-peer educational opportunities for them to teach others about sustainable food systems, health, and labor and food justice issues.

Stewards are selected by a rigorous application and interview process, and then trained by the university’s Sustainable Food Initiatives Manager, a horticulturist by background, on preferred techniques for garden preparation, seed growing, seedling planting, watering, and garden maintenance. This information is then passed on to student volunteers in the Edible Campus Gardens, who learn about the program through student food groups, tabling, and the University of Utah’s exceptional service organization, the Bennion Center. Additionally, the stewards sell the gardens’ bounty at the University of Utah Farmers Market, where they share information about the program and educate the campus community about sustainable and just food systems, as well as the value of locally grown produce. Funds raised from produce are used by students to improve the garden. Workshops during the winter give stewards the opportunity to research and share additional knowledge about topics not directly related to vegetable gardening. Past Winter Workshops include training in house plant care, succulent planting, composting, and more.


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

On-campus students, both undergraduate and graduate; however, volunteering open to the entire university community and the public. Students enrolled in distance education are not served by the program.


Number of trained student educators (1st program):
5

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (1st program):
52

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (1st program):
10

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (1st program):
2,600

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (1st program):
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Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
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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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Grand total number of hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators (all programs):
2,600

Hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators per student served by a peer-to-peer program:
0.09

Website URL where information about the student sustainability educators programs is available:
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