Overall Rating Reporter
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Liaison Chelsea Hamilton
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

Vanderbilt University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
-- Reporter Chelsea Hamilton
Sustainability Outreach Coordinator
Sustainability and Environmental Management Office
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Number of students enrolled for credit:
12,567

Total number of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
6,883

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
54.77

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Eco-Dores Peer Residential Education Program

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

The Vanderbilt University Eco-Dores program, launched in Fall 2009, is designed to encourage environmental education and to help students recognize the systemic and interdisciplinary nature of ecology and environmental sustainability. Eco-Dores are residents in the housing system who act as “peer educators” and mentor other students to live in a more environmentally sustainable way. Each Eco-Dore is given guidance and support during collaborative educational sessions throughout the year in which they are introduced to a topic related to that month’s theme and brainstorm actions that they could implement in their own residence hall. The goal is that residents of each hall will find their own way to respond to the theme and their own best solution.

Monthly themes and outreach topics include energy conservation; water conservation; consumption; reducing, reusing, recycling; carbon footprint and climate change; sustainable food and dining; transportation; and green building.


A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (1st program):
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Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
SPEAR Educators

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

Vanderbilt Students Promoting Environmental Awareness and Responsibility (SPEAR) has designed several sets of sustainability modules for student educational purposes. SPEAR presents these modules to the first year class at Vanderbilt each year in the orientation program (CommonVU) as well as to Vanderbilt Visions groups and as a standardized educational model for peers to use


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Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
Vanderbilt Food Justice (VFJ) Education Program

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

Vanderbilt Food Justice (VFJ) uses the Vanderbilt Community Garden to educate students and community members about gardening, the importance of food in the world of sustainability, and other topics. VFJ hosts “open hours” at the garden and regularly hosts harvest/planting parties for students and community members.


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A brief description of all other student peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs:

Vanderbilt also provides at least two internships to assist with the Urban Green Lab Mobile Lab. Vanderbilt partnered with the Urban Green Lab in 2015 on an EPA grant to develop a Mobile sustainability lab classroom designed to reach diverse and underserved populations to enhance middle and high schools’ science and technology curricula and inspire sustainable behaviors. This cutting-edge programming for Nashville public schools will create ongoing educational, mentoring, and relationship-building opportunities. The lab explores 5 important topics in sustainability: energy, water, green building, food & agriculture, and sustainable transportation. It challenges students to make everyday choices that save money, resources, and improve their quality of life. Developed in collaboration with teachers, school staff, and students, the mobile lab prevents the need to spend time, energy, and money on permission slips and school buses by bringing hands on activities directly to you. The lab connects classroom learning with real world applications, employing problem-based learning and interactive activities. As a service to our Nashville community, the mobile lab is offered free of charge to Metro Nashville Public Middle and High Schools and will be available for a reasonable rate to private and home schools. The Interns go through training with Urban Green Lab. The Mobile Lab serves all Metro Nashville Public Middle and High Schools (~30,000 students)


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Grand total number of hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators (all programs):
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Hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators per student served by a peer-to-peer program:
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