Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 63.21
Liaison Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Submission Date June 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Wisconsin-River Falls
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
2.51 / 4.00 Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Sustainability and Custodial Supervisor
Facilities Management/Office of Sustainability
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Number of students enrolled for credit:
7,461

Total number of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
7,461

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
100

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Campus Sustainability Representative

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

The Office of Sustainability works with multiple students who serve as Sustainability Representatives. They focus on student to student peer-to-peer education. They do this by putting on sustainability events in residence halls, presenting in classes, giving campus sustainability tours, and planning and facilitating campus-wide sustainability events. The presentations, programs, events, and activities are designed to engage students and inform them about UWRF sustainability initiatives as well as sustainability as a whole. The student representatives often collaborate with students in the Office of Student Involvement to determine ways to best target all students. By better educating our students, the sustainability representatives are able to catalyze behavior change.

The students receive training from Mark Klapatch in the Office of Sustainability. He also brings in external speakers/trainers depending on the topic and connects the students with various webinars. An example is a training focusing on waste minimization facilitated by the St. Croix County Recycling Specialist, Kris Poston.

Some of the areas in which sustainability representatives teach other students include:
- Waste minimization training (includes refuse, recycling, food waste, surplus property, upcycling, and donation collections on campus)
- The Real Game of Life program requires students to make decisions regarding a transportation source, light source, and food source while living within their means including funds and time available. The activity highlights effects of choices and ways to act more sustainably.
- Events highlighting nutrition and healthy eating from local sources
- Plants and landscaping - The students host a "plant your own plant event" where students can take home their plant. They also are educated on the benefits of having plants as well as the benefits of native plants and grasses. This also creates awareness for landscaping techniques on campus and stormwater management efforts.

Students who attend the trainings and events are encouraged to consider a Sustainability Representative role in the future.


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

The intended audience is all UWRF students including undergraduate, graduate, distance learning, etc. For students who are not physically on campus, the intended audience is reached through social media.


Number of trained student educators (1st program):
8

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (1st program):
40

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (1st program):
6

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (1st program):
1,920

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A brief description of all other student peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs:
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Grand total number of hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators (all programs):
1,920

Hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators per student served by a peer-to-peer program:
0.26

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