Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Stephanie MacPhee
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2013
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STARS v2.0

Wilfrid Laurier University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Elissa Cressman
Residents Life Manager
Residence Life
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Does the institution coordinate one or more ongoing student, peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs that meet the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

Number of degree-seeking students enrolled at the institution:
18898

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Sustainability Council

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (1st program):
3480

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (1st program):

The Sustainability Council is comprised of first year students from across campus that aim to unify Residence Life and the Sustainability Office through creating integrated programming and providing increased access to campus resources. Students involved in this Council collaborate on planning, promoting, and executing Residence wide events and programming that enable the first year community to engage in sustainable activities and learn about their environmental impact. This council promotes environmental awareness, reducing consumption and making the Laurier Campus a greener place.
Activities include a residence energy competition through the use of the Lucid Building Dashboard, waste education events, a school-wide Swap, campus cleanups, and events and campaigns throughout the year to promote sustainable habits.


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

Student educators on the Sustainability Council are selected through an application and interview hiring process. All students who submit an application are given a panel style interview where they are asked questions regarding their previous experience and/or training in sustainability, as well as any ideas they may have for programming, and their potential contribution to the council. Only one applicant from each residence building is selected.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (1st program):

The Sustainability Council representatives receive a total of 8 hours of formal training throughout the span of their position. One 4-hour training session is held before they begin their roles in September, and the second 4 hour session is conducted half way through their term (January) to serve as a refresher. The training sessions include personal development & training, codes of conduct, roles & expectations, team development, and diversity training.


A brief description of the financial or other support the institution provides to the program (1st program):

The Sustainability Council is funded by Residential Services and the Laurier Sustainability Office. There are two council advisors who are upper year students, one chosen by each funding entity.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Ecohawks

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
18898

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

EcoHawks work to raise awareness of environmental issues, promote sustainable living and encourage the reduction of individuals' ecological footprints. In order to achieve this, a number of events and promotions are held throughout the school year. Their mission is to encourage the development of environmentally friendly living habits among students and to work towards reducing student ecological footprints. Events include campaigns for the use of reusable travel mugs and water bottles, a sustainability advocacy fair, an Earth Hour event, and a 'Green Store' at Christmas for students to purchase sustainable and ethically made gifts.


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

Ecohawks members are selected through an online application system where applications must be completed in a specific style format, and are scored by members of the Wilfrid Laurier University Student's Union. The highest scoring applicants who fit into the predetermined number of available positions are then hired.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (2nd program):

Ecohawks representatives participate in mandatory training sessions before their roles begin, as well as throughout their term. The training sessions include accessibility training, modules on diversity & equity, codes of conduct, roles & expectations, personal development & training, as well as team building exercises.


A brief description of the financial or other support the institution provides to the program (2nd program):

The Ecohawks are financed by the Wilfrid Laurier University Student's Union. There is one coordinator for the program, who is chosen by the previous year's Ecohawks coordinator, and representatives of the Student's Union.


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Name(s) of the student educator program(s) (all other programs):
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Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by all other student educator programs:
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Total number of hours student educators are engaged in peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education activities annually:
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The website URL for the peer-to-peer student outreach and education program(s):
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