Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.38
Liaison Olivia Shehan
Submission Date Nov. 13, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Wellesley College
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
4.00 / 4.00 Dorothea Von Herder
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilties
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
2,508

Total number of students enrolled for credit that are served (i.e. directly targeted) by a student peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting to the extent feasible):
2,508

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
100

Name of the student educators program:
Eco-Reps

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
2,508

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities:

The Eco-Reps are elected in the House Council of every residence hall. Through this position, Eco-Reps:
- Update House Council on sustainability initiatives around campus informed by the Eco-Rep Coordinator and Sustainability Office
- Ensure that there are behavior change reminders in the residence halls for waste, energy, and water reduction
- Conduct Sustainable Living Certifications for residents
- Collaborate during weekly meetings with all of the Eco-Reps


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

Student educators are elected to their house council in elections that occur the spring before the year they will be serving their position.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach:

Eco-Reps are trained during their weekly meetings with the Sustainability Coordinator and Eco-Rep Coordinator. During these meetings they are briefed on current campus initiatives and current projects are debriefed.


A brief description of the financial and/or administrative support the institution provides to the program (e.g. annual budget and/or faculty/staff coordination):

Funding comes out of the Sustainability Office budget or The Class of 57 Green Fund http://www.wellesley.edu/sustainability/what-you-can-do/funding-from-the-class-of-57-green-fund


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Sustainability Interns

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
2,508

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (2nd program):

The Sustainability Interns each have a unique role to play in tackling a different aspect of sustainability. The roles include:
Recycling and Compost Coordinator- Tallied the current recycling and waste bins around campus, assisted with social media campaigns, promoted the Green Bean Recycling Machine
Eco-Rep Coordinator- supervises the eco-reps, supports the other interns
Special Projects Intern- this position changes every year, but focused on creating a Sustainable Office Certification
Bike Share Intern- oversees the bike-share, promotes cycling on campus with events and social media, maintains campus bike fleet
Media and Communications Intern- collaborates with the other interns on social media, creates behavior change and sustainability reminders published on campus monitors, facebook, twitter, and email groups
Food and Water Intern- began working with dining services on Real Food Challenge as well as outreach on minimizing single use water bottles and maximizing hydration stations use.


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

The interns are hired by the Office of Sustainability and meet once or twice a week with the Director of Sustainability and Sustainability Coordinator. Their jobs are posted on Student Employment and they are hired by submitting applications and interviewing with the Sustainability Staff.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (2nd program):

There is a mini-orientation and direct work experience that prepares the interns for their positions. As well as close meetings with the campus Director of Sustainability and Sustainability Coordinator. We give them the opportunity to attend relevant events, meetings, and conferences.


A brief description of the financial and/or administrative support the institution provides to the program (e.g. annual budget and/or faculty/staff coordination) (2nd program):

The interns are funded from the Office of Sustainability Budget.


Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
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Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (3rd program):
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A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (3rd program):
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A brief description of how the student educators are selected (3rd program):
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A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (3rd program):
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A brief description of the financial and/or administrative support the institution provides to the program (e.g. annual budget and/or faculty/staff coordination) (3rd program):
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A brief description of all other student peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs, including the number of students served and how student educators are selected, trained, and supported by the institution:

Each year, three student representatives -- Environmental Studies Program Student Representatives -- will be elected to serve as representatives by declared ES majors and minors. The student representatives will attend one meeting each semester, usually taking place in the first third of the semester. The student representatives will be responsible for gathering student concerns/input in advance of these meetings, adding those items to the meeting agenda in advance, and discussing those issues with the faculty at the meeting. If helpful/necessary, the student representatives may be asked to attend additional meetings during the semester.


Total number of hours student educators are engaged in peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education activities annually (all programs):
1,350

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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