Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 50.85
Liaison Elissa Brown
Submission Date Feb. 8, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Whitman College
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
2.28 / 4.00 Brandon Bishop
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Physical Plant
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
1,493

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):
850

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
56.93

Name of the student educators program:
Campus Waste Audit

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
200

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

In this event we take a portion of the campus waste stream and place it in a visible location on campus. Students representing the Environmental focus house and ASWC then sort through the materials. This event members of the campus community items that can be recycled. All together this activity attempts to train a group of students related to recycling so that they may disseminate this information to their peers.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

Student educators within this program are selected from volunteers from the ASWC Sustainability office and representatives from the Environmental Interest House.


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

Student educators are provided information and coaching related to materials that can and cannot be recycled.


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):

The activity is ran by the Office of Sustainability. The programming budget is provided by the Office of Sustainability.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Campus Bike Share

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
850

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

Our Bike Share program is student operated through our Bike Share Intern. The Bike Share program is a free campus bike share that encourages students, staff, and faculty to use alternative transportation like our bike fleet instead of vehicles. Through out bike share we provide education programming and support the needs of our Bike Share constituents.


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

Our student educators are chosen as volunteers and through our Bike Share Intern. Together they put together programming directed at educating the campus community related to alternative transportation.


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

The Bike Share Intern receives training from our Bicycle Repair shop which is also ran by students.


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 institution provides an annual budget for the operation of this program. Additionally the program is under the Campus Sustainability Coordinator.


Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
Greening of the Office Program

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (3rd program):
100

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (3rd program):

Whitman College spends nearly $1.5 million annually on our utility costs (i.e. water, sewer, electricity, natural gas, and waste). With increasing water, energy and landfill costs we have an opportunity to save money while helping the environment. This can be done through reducing use and encouraging green behavior. In 2016 the campus adopted our Climate Action Plan. This plan provides a concrete course of action to achieve campus carbon neutrality. To achieve carbon neutrality our campus needs to achieve a 5-7% reduction through campus behavior. These changes in behavior include things, such as turning off lights or shutting down computers at night. Every member of the Whitman College community is needed to support our goals to reduce our energy use and our greenhouse gas emissions.

The purpose of the GOTO program then is four-fold:

Identify opportunities to improve building occupant comfort and provide a better work environment for employees,

Identify opportunities to improve building occupant comfort and provide a better work environment for employees,

Assist in reducing measurable energy use and GHG emissions f rom user conservation behavior,

Inventory office energy use to establish benchmarks for reduction goals and identify opportunities for energy efficiency initiatives and cost savings,

Educate and engage the campus community about how they can help us redu ce our carbon footprint and become more sustainable in their work environment.

To optimize program goals, the GOTO program will be delivered on a building-by-building basis so that benchmarks can be established to measure the results of the program; within each building every department will be surveyed and reported separately. Office of Sustainability student employees will:

Present the GOTO program to the department,

Register faculty and staff members for a one-on-one GOTO survey

Perform survey for each faculty and staff member,

Analyze survey results and send to each faculty and staff member,

Calculate departmental results, send to the director or department chair, and post the information to the GOTO website.

Individual GOTO survey results will be shared only with the individual employee; departmental summary results will be posted to the Departmental Scores web page, and suggestions for departmental improvement shared only with the supervisors of that department. Each individual and department who completes the GOTO survey will receive a sign with the GOTO logo to be displayed in their office, indicating their successful participation in the program.


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

Student educators are the primary driver of this program. They are selected as volunteers and are trained by the Campus Sustainability Coordinator. They target students, staff and faculty who work for the institution.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (3rd program):

The training includes reading materials geared and giving the students a depth of knowledge relating to our zero waste program, campus utilities, and options to make a more sustainable office. Additionally they give mock interviews prior to being sent out to conduct inperson GOTO interviews.


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):

The program is support through the Office of Sustainability.


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:

There are additional programming opportunities through the year that allow students to engage with other sustainability minded students.


Total number of hours student educators are engaged in peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education activities annually (all programs):
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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