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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 48.07
Liaison Kathy Johnson
Submission Date April 21, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Black Hills State University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.98 / 4.00 Katie Greer
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Services
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
3,451

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):
848

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
24.57

Name of the student educators program:
Wellness Wheel Program

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
848

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

Each semester every Resident Assistant is required to hold three programs for campus residents. Program themes are selected from a ‘Wellness Wheel’ with eight sections including an “Environmental” section and others relating to health. On average each hall will complete the Wellness Wheel two times each semester giving an environmental program two times each semester. The larger halls can complete the wheel three times a semester, making three environmental programs each semester.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

A student desiring to be an RA must have live-in residence hall or related experience for a period equivalent to one academic semester and must have earned a minimum of twenty-four semester hours prior to employment. In order to sign RA contract, the applicant must be currently registered for classes and carrying a cumulative GPA of at least 2.25.


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

The RA’s are given formal training on how to plan and lead a program during RA Training in the fall and in their RA Class. Training includes a 7-step model. The model takes them from idea formation in the beginning to thank you's and evaluations in the end. Each year RA's receive a training on sustainability.


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):

Resident Assistants (RA) at Black Hills State University are highly trained student staff members that work for the department of Residence Life. RA's are in place at each residence hall.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Eco-Rep program

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
848

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

We piloted our Eco-rep Program in 2015. After working out some details in that year, we are launching an expanded program for academic year 2017-18.
Students will be responsible for educating their peers through programming, zero-waste events and recycling move-in and move-out days as well as attending three meetings/month.


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

The students are selected through an application and interview process that includes students in the process.


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

Students receive an initial intensive training and then on-going training of 3 hours/month.


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):

BHSU pays a stipend of $50/month to the Eco-Reps and finances one student at 10 hours/week to help facilitate the program. This program is further supported by staff in the sustainability department as well as resources from that department.


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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3451 is the number of degree-seeking students enrolled in a for-credit program. Our headcount number, included in IC-3 includes students not currently enrolled in a degree program, such as continuing education students, non-credit students, and other students who are not recognized by the institution as seeking a degree, certificate, or other formal award.

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.