Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.40
Liaison Parker Long
Submission Date Aug. 27, 2021

STARS v2.2

Virginia Commonwealth University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.09 / 4.00 Elias Frantz
Sustainability Assistant
VCU Office of Sustainability
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Number of students enrolled for credit:
29,417

Total number of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
29,417

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

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Eco Reps

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

The Virginia Commonwealth University Hall Council Eco-Rep program facilitates peer-to-peer education and provides leadership opportunities to students through engagement and service. The Eco-Rep program is dedicated to enhancing sustainability in residence halls and contributing to positive behavior change on campus. Eco-reps actively engage fellow students around sustainability issues such as resources consumption, waste management, and other environmental issues. This program serves as a platform for collaboration between students and administrators, provides a venue for students to express concerns and provides leadership opportunities for students.


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

The Eco-reps program's target audience is all students living in residence halls. They serve as peer-to-peer educators through Residence Hall Council's community meetings, engagement opportunities, and service.


Number of trained student educators (1st program):
9

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (1st program):
35

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (1st program):
2

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (1st program):
630

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

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

Sustainability office interns are students with an interest in sustainability who conduct regular campaigning events throughout the semester, focusing on how students can live sustainably on and off campus. Major events include Earth Day and Campus Sustainability Day. These interns provide support to the Office of sustainability throughout all its initiatives, through graphic design work, social media campaigns, and educational booths at all relevant student events. Ideally the work of these interns would reach the entire campus, but the direct impact of their efforts can be conservatively estimated at 3000 students.


A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (2nd program):

Sustainability office interns' target audiences include all VCU students, staff, and faculty, as well as volunteers, local community members, and other interested parties. Interns engage with their target audience through the Free Store, gardens, and community forestry programs as well as through social media, educational booths, and sustainability events on campus.


Number of trained student educators (2nd program):
6

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (2nd program):
50

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (2nd program):
28

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (2nd program):
8,400

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (2nd program):
Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
RamBikes

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

RamBikes is a student run service and education based resource for VCU students, staff, and faculty to work on their bikes, and to learn to perform bike maintenance. The RamBikes student workers fix bikes for free, teach you how to fix them on your own, hold group rides to educate students on sustainable transportation and bike safety, and conduct regular bicycle learning workshops for students and the community. RamBikes also runs a free short-term bike loan program for anyone at VCU and a long-term free bike rental program for international students.


A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (3rd program):

RamBikes target audiences include all VCU students, staff, and faculty as well as other interested parties. They engage them by helping with any services needed for bikes, hosting group rides, workshops, the bicycle loan program, and social media.


Number of trained student educators (3rd program):
5

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (3rd program):
50

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (3rd program):
28

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (3rd program):
7,000

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (3rd program):
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):
16,030

Hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators per student served by a peer-to-peer program:
0.54

Website URL where information about the student sustainability educators programs is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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