Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.03
Liaison Cora Kenfield
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

Vassar College
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Cora 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:
2,424

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

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

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

Vassar has an internship program, which employs twelve students a semester as interns for the sustainability office. In addition to 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.
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.


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

Sustainability interns target the entire student body, working with on-campus residents, presenting at orientation, and conducting outreach to incoming students.


Number of trained student educators (1st program):
12

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):
8

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (1st program):
2,688

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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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Grand total number of hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators (all programs):
2,688

Hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators per student served by a peer-to-peer program:
1.11

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