Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.13
Liaison Traci Knabenshue
Submission Date March 3, 2021

STARS v2.2

West Virginia University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.94 / 4.00 Stephanie Toothman
Conservation Specialist
Auxiliary and Business Services
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Number of students enrolled for credit:
31,994

Total number of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
4,630

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
14.47

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

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

Students are hired each academic year and are assigned to 2 resident halls each for outreach and education programming. WVU designates a different sustainability theme each month (e.g. alternative transportation, energy conservation, waste and recycling) and eco-reps are responsible in adapting pre-designed programs to their halls. They also occasionally run programming in the student union for the general campus population. One example is 'Recycle Right' which is a recycling quiz game that students participate in to learn exactly how and where to recycle at each hall. An example of a more general program is the 'Give and Get Clothing Swap' where students bring gently used clothing and then 'shop' the donated clothing from other students. The eco-reps plan, advertise and execute this event as a team.

Training is done in a few hour orientation session that focuses on sustainable operations at WVU, sustainability definitions and themes, teamwork, effective public communication, marketing of events, and organization. Then we have team meetings for eco-reps once per week to plan events, debrief concluded events, and continue learning.


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

The resident hall population is the primary audience, and most of these are first-year students.


Number of trained student educators (1st program):
5

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (1st program):
30

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):
750

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (1st program):
Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Project Eco-Reps

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

This group of eco-reps helps execute projects of focus for the sustainability office. These are more administrative in nature, but sometimes overlap to student outreach as well. For example, the food and dining eco-rep for the 2019-2020 academic year worked to expand a gleaning program that we piloted at one local farm to several local farms during the harvest season. Through the student's work, the program will include service learning and food justice components. Another eco-rep strengthened our social media presence and produced and edited a series of recycling videos.

Training is done in a few hour orientation session that focuses on sustainable operations at WVU, sustainability definitions and themes, teamwork, effective public communication, marketing of events, and organization. Then each eco-rep maintains a schedule of office hours each week to meet with sustainability staff and work on their projects


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

These positions are sort of the reverse of the resident hall eco-reps. Their projects focus on the general campus population and sometimes focus on a subset of students.


Number of trained student educators (2nd program):
5

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (2nd program):
30

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (2nd program):
5

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (2nd program):
750

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (2nd program):
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):
1,500

Hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators per student served by a peer-to-peer program:
0.32

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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For Part 1, total number of students served is a fall headcount of residence hall students only. Our eco-reps program does not serve university-owned apartment complexes. This will differ from students resident on-campus from Pre-5 for that reason. Resident Hall eco-reps program ran FY2017 and FY2018. Project eco-reps program ran FY2018 and FY2019.

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