Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.03
Liaison Caroline Bruno
Submission Date May 28, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Williams College
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.64 / 4.00 Caroline Bruno
Sustainability Coordinator
Zilkha Center
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
2092

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):
335

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
16.01

Name of the student educators program:
EcoAdvisors

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
135

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

The EcoAdvisors program is a combination of learning and projects.
The Eco-Advisors, are action-oriented student change agents promoting and educating about environmentally and socially sustainable lifestyles. They strive to connect campus life to global resource issues by advocating for a sustainable future at Williams and beyond. By supporting and collaborating with campus groups, they instigate campus-wide culture shift through student initiatives. They are an open conduit between the student body, like-minded student groups, the Zilkha Center, and the college administration.

Peer to Peer outreach projects:
providing vegetarian cooking classes, personal sustainability workshops (reducing waste, properly recycling, using local food to cook a plant based meal), book group to talk about ethical eating and conscious meat consumption,


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

recruit broadly across campus
students apply
Zilkha Center selects 6-10


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

Zilkha Center staff lead weekly workshops with readings and discussions. There is a once per semester orientation fulfilling learning related outcomes


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):

Students are paid stipends and the program is supported/organized and run by Zilkha Center staff


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Compost Friends

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
200

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

Compost Friends are student greeters who take shifts in the clearing stations in the main dining halls. They offer guidance about what goes where, the compost process at Williams, and why it's beneficial to compost. We've gotten feedback that many students don't take the time to look at the sign and dispose of things properly. And from a recent waste audit, we know that lots of food waste ends up in the trash - even in dining halls. By having student leaders standing in the dish return area, it adds a bit of positive pressure to ask them to slow down and learn how to do it correctly.

In an effort to improve post-consumer composting, "Compost Friends" offer guidance to first-years (and others) at the dish return areas/clearing stations. Sometimes composting is unfamiliar and while there is signage, a friendly face can be a better way to convey this information! We would just need you to be friendly, enthusiastic guides to incoming students.


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

They sign up!


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

They participate in a short training about what can be composted.


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):

All students receive a t-shirt and coordination of this program is run by Zilkha Center staff


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):
630

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