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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.62
Liaison Michael Kensler
Submission Date Jan. 11, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Auburn University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.87 / 4.00 Jennifer Morse
Administrator: Outreach and Communications
Office of Sustainability
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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:
25,912

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Sustain-A-Bowl

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (1st program):
4,000

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

Sustain-A-Bowl is a month-long competition among the residence halls on campus to reduce energy and water use, increase recycling rates, and to educate students living in residence halls about sustainability.

Resident Assistants conducted outreach activities with the students in their halls throughout the month of February to engage students in energy and water saving activities and to involve students in a range of events and activities related to Sustain-A-Bowl. These events can include such things as attending a presentation or a Campus Conversation on a related topic, conduct in-hall events such as a sustainable dinner, trivia night, or showing a film related to a sustainability topic. The two competitions over the past three years saved over $11,000 in electricity and water.


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

Student educators are determined by their positions as Resident Assistants. The Office of Sustainability works with the Residence Life staff to plan for the event and prepare for training of the student educators.


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

Office of Sustainability staff meet with the Resident Assistants and provide training on the concepts of sustainability, the relevance and importance of energy and water conservation (including dramatic financial savings as a result of previous years' Sustain-A-Bowl activities). Office of Sustainability staff also work with student educators to develop events and activities related to the Sustain-A-Bowl themes of resource conservation and community building.


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

Residence Hall staff provides oversight, supervision, and other staff time, including financial support for events and activities, to support the Sustain-A-Bowl program. Also, Office of Sustainability staff contributes time gathering and analyzing electric and water meters and also provides event ideas for student educators to use when working with residents.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
The Leadership Program through Auburn Outdoors

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
190

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

The Leadership Program is a series of trainings designed for potential trip leaders to learn many aspects of working for an outdoor recreational program. The trainings consist of many topics that pertain to outdoor leadership, but also focus on skills that are transferable to other areas of life. Trainings are offered to current Auburn Outdoors student leaders who serve as educators to their peers. Specifically they run bike clinics and day trips through the program. In the first year they led 23 off-campus trips.


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

Formal interview process with Auburn Outdoors


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

Students learn leadership skills such as solid judgement, decision making skills, and conflict resolution tactics both through on-the-job training and by attending the Arkansas Regional Adventure Programming (ARAP) Conference. At the ARAP students lead and attend presentations and skills clinics among their peers.


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

Institution pays 1 full time salaried employee and a graduate student to oversee the Auburn Outdoors program.


Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
Be Well Hut

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (3rd program):
14,400

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

The Be Well Hut is the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness Service's peer outreach program. Their team encourages healthy living among their peers by leading activities and discussing topics that are focused on making healthy choices as college students.


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

Students apply and then intervew for the position with university staff.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (3rd program):

Students go through a two hour training. In addition they are given a topic area to research and then create educational materials such as handouts or buttons.


A brief description of the financial or other support the institution provides to the program (3rd program):

The departmental budget covers all the costs associated with the program.


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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A brief description of the program(s), including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (all other programs):
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A brief description of how the student educators are selected (all other programs):
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A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (all other programs):
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A brief description of the financial or other support the institution provides to the program (all other programs):
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Total number of hours student educators are engaged in peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education activities annually:
12,384

The website URL for the peer-to-peer student outreach and education program(s):

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.