Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.29
Liaison Lisa Noriega
Submission Date June 29, 2011
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Yale University
ER-1: Student Sustainability Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.90 / 5.00 Keri Enright-Kato
Sustainability Program Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Total number of degree-seeking students enrolled at the institution:
11,593

Program name (1st program):
Student Taskforce for Environmental Partnership (STEP)

Number of students served by the program (1st program):
5,570

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

STEP coordinators are hired through the Yale Office of Sustainability on an annual basis. Students apply for a position in the spring prior to the following academic year and serve in the position for one year.

Each of the 12 residential colleges have 2 STEP coordinators that conduct education and outreach on sustainability topics and initiatives throughout the academic year. There also 2 student directors that oversee the coordinators, 3-4 team captains special focus areas, and one Graduate student that guides the student directors.


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

Each semester, the Office of Sustainability staff provides a one-hour training session for all STEP coordinators. This includes an overview of the context for sustainability at Yale, key concepts on communications and community engagement, and hints for best tactics when dealing with University staff and faculty. Throughout each semester, other sustainability professionals from throughout the university (transportation, recycling, etc…) offer additional training.


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

The Yale Office of Sustainability has one staff member who oversees the STEP program and its student directors and coordinators. STEP is allotted an annual budget to conduct outreach and events throughout the academic year.


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Program name (2nd program):
Professional School Sustainability Planning

Number of students served by the program (2nd program):
1,145

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

Students are hired for the academic year by their professional school to develop operational and outreach strategies that assist in meeting sustainability goals developed by each school.


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

Student representatives from each professional school are managed by Office of Sustainability staff. This management includes ongoing education regarding sustainability.


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

Students are paid for their work and one staff person from the Office of Sustainability manages these students.


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