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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 Gold
Overall Score 67.35
Liaison Laurie Husted
Submission Date June 9, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Bard College
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Laurie Husted
Sustainability Manager
Bard Office of Sustainability (BoS)
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
2,031

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):
1,523

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
74.99

Name of the student educators program:
EcoReps

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
1,523

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

EcoReps promote residence hall sustainability, including maintaining recycling/reuse/compost stations (and EcoBoxes), creating educational pieces, helping Peer Counselors with programming and volunteering for campus life sustainability efforts including Recyclemania and CCN. Public-use buildings (campus center and academic buildings) are targets for outreach and awareness initiatives.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

EcoReps are volunteers who self-identify prior to or during the academic year.


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

We hold an Orientation meeting for EcoReps before the year starts, and have regular meetings to plan and execute new sustainability initiatives on campus.


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 EcoRep Program is funded primarily out of BoS on an as-needed basis. The budget average is roughly $500.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Peer Counselors

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
1,523

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

Peer Counselors (PCs) are students who live alongside students and serve as leaders as well as resources for their residents. Each PC is required to present programming each semester on a variety of topics including social justice, independent living, fostering ownership, active citizenship, and sustainability responsibility.


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

Peer Counselors are hired by Bard College Residence Life. PCs are automatically considered the EcoReps until a suitable replacement is identified.


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

In addition to their extensive training on development and transitions, listening and referral skills and community building, PCs also attend Orientation alongside EcoReps at the beginning of the year.


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):

PCs are supervised and assisted by Area Coordinators (ACs) and the ResLife staff. As compensation, they have covered housing; each PC has a budget based on size of residence hall and an additional special events budget based on a sliding scale.


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