Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.13
Liaison Micah Kenfield
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

Vassar College
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.73 / 4.00 Micah Kenfield
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Number of students enrolled for credit:
2,424

Total number of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
2,100

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
86.63

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
EcoLeaders

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

The EcoLeaders program was an idea initially discussed by both the College Committee on Sustainability (CCS) and the Vassar Greens, a student group as a way to engage more members of the Vassar community on sustainability issues. The two groups worked together, along with support from the Office of Residential Life, to design the EcoLeaders program during the Fall of 2013. Spring 2014 is the first semester the program was implemented. The program was designed to allow individuals interested in taking a leadership role on sustainability issues to have a structure and support system that empowered them to realize their ideas and effectively implement them. The position is volunteer-based and requires a commitment of 1-3 hours a week.

The program seeks to train individuals in each of the dorms, as well as senior and off-campus housing areas, to serve as leaders on sustainability in their living spaces. Each corps works on projects targeted at specific living spaces (i.e. Main Dorm), departments (i.e. Vassar Athletics), as well as at the student body at large. In 2015 the students developed a loyalty card, that gives community members a free drink about after using a reusable mug 10 times. In 2016 the EcoLeaders implemented a signage campaign in all of the campus bathrooms to reduce paper towel usage.


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

Ecoleader programs reach students across all residence halls


Number of trained student educators (1st program):
25

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (1st program):
28

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (1st program):
5

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (1st program):
3,500

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (1st program):
Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Vassar Sustainability Interns

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

Vassar also has an internship program, which employs seven students a semester as interns for the sustainability office. In addition to committee educational outreach, each intern works closely with an administrative office on campus on sustainability matters. The intern positions work closely to implement a variety of programming that deal with partnerships to improve sustainability in campus organizations and the Poughkeepsie Community. Major projects include the weekly Farmer's Market, promoting public transportation and the Poughkeepsie bus system, running building level energy audits, writing master planning documents including the Climate Action Plan. In addition, the Sustainability Interns host an array of programming including guest speakers, tabling at all-campus events, career panels, movie screenings, and an Energy Competition.


A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (2nd program):
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Number of trained student educators (2nd program):
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Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (2nd program):
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Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (2nd program):
15

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (2nd program):
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Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (2nd program):
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Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
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A brief description of the student educators program (3rd program):
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A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (3rd program):
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Number of trained student educators (3rd program):
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Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (3rd program):
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Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (3rd program):
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Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (3rd program):
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Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (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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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):
3,500

Hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators per student served by a peer-to-peer program:
1.67

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