Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.52
Liaison Seth Vidana
Submission Date March 1, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Western Washington University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.04 / 4.00 Kellen Erb
ResRap Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
15332

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):
3975

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
25.93

Name of the student educators program:
Residents' Resource Awareness Program (ResRAP)

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
3975

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

ResRAP is dedicated to reducing Western's resource consumption through our commitment to training, assisting, and advising Eco Reps, who are peer-to-peer educators and leaders living in the residence halls. By training Eco Reps on aspects of sustainability (ecology, economy, & human health), they will be able to open a positive, informative dialogue with their residents—increasing awareness of the many changes residents can make in their daily lives to reduce their personal consumption. Lead Eco Reps, the most recent extention to the program, are peer mentors to the Eco Reps. Lead Eco Reps have already completed one year in the Eco Rep possition and work as paid volunteers to advise the Eco Reps. ResRAP wishes to broaden sustainable education at Western through residence hall and campus wide events, providing resources for furthering the sustainable practices of residents during both their stay on campus and for the rest of their lives.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

Eco Reps fill out an application during the Summer and beginning of the fall quarter. They are then selected by the ResRAP Coordinator given that they have shown a clear desire and drive to participate in the program. The Lead Eco Reps apply and interview in the Spring and are hired by the ResRAP Coordinator and Assistant for the next academic year.


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

Eco Reps receive formal leadership training through Hall Council and through the class (which provides one upper division credit) led by the ResRAP Coordinator and Assistant. In the Eco Rep course, they are given an Eco Rep guide book that serves as a training manual before they begin their work in the residence halls.Local tours are provided (Sustainable Connections, local sustainable buisnesses and Green Earth Technologies). Guest lecturers are also given. Ex: Andy Bunn on Climate Change, Gigi Berardi on Agroecology and organic foods. Eco Reps also have peer mentors (Lead Eco Reps) who have extensive knowledge of the program.


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):

Kellen Erb. ResRAP Coordinator (15-19 hours/week). Coordinates the Residents' Resource Awareness Program. The ResRAP Coordinator is allotted $8,425 for Summer-Spring employment.
Maddy Jones. ResRAP Assistant (15-19 hours/week). Assistant to the Coordinator of the Residents’ Resource Awareness Program. The ResRAP Assistant is allotted $6,471 for Fall-Spring employment.
Lead Eco Reps (3-6 hours/week, stipend payment). Lead Eco Reps are peer mentors to the Eco Reps and are given a stipend of 1,080 per student ($6,480 total) and are paid $108 per month for 10 months.
The ResRAP Program is funded by University Residences and is housed in the Office of Sustainability. The program receives $22,700 per year.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
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Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
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A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (2nd program):
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A brief description of how the student educators are selected (2nd program):
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A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (2nd 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) (2nd program):
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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:
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Total number of hours student educators are engaged in peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education activities annually (all programs):
4680

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Total number of hours of student educators are engaged was derived from a 2015-2016 Eco Rep and Lead Eco Rep end-of-the-year survey.

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