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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 65.69
Liaison John Pumilio
Submission Date July 23, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Colgate University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 John Pumilio
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability Office
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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:
2,869

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Green Raider Program

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (1st program):
750

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

Colgate's Green Raider Program promotes individual sustainable behavior at Colgate University in a fun and competitive way by hiring and training student interns to promote sustainable living on campus. Student interns, called Green Raiders, organize events, competitions, and outreach campaigns. They also research current practices and Colgate and take action to change institutional practices and policies to advance sustainability. The program raises awareness around issues of sustainability in residential halls and utilizes online support, videos, how-to-guides, social media, and other tools to aid Colgate students in their pursuit to be more sustainable. The program seeks to connect individual behaviors on campus to Colgate’s overarching sustainability commitment. Students who express interest in our program, are contacted by one of our Green Raiders who serve as ambassadors to all students interested in "going green."


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

As part of the Green Raider Program, the Office of Sustainability selects and trains outstanding students to serve as peer‐to-peer environmental educators and activists on campus. During the summer, three to five interns work closely with the Office of Sustainability to develop week-by-week behavior change educational programming that will be executed throughout the semester.

During the academic year, 14 student interns are hired and trained as Green Raiders through an application and interview process. Each member of the team is responsible for implementing elements of Green Raider Program (designed during the summer), making progress on an individual project that advances sustainability on campus, and completing creative writing exercises designed to raise awareness of sustainability among peers.


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

Before the official start to the new academic year, student interns return to campus early to participate in two full-days of training/orientation workshops. The workshops include field trips, ice-breakers, readings, and a review of the sustainability movement in higher education and at Colgate University.

In addition, to this intensive training, the Green Raider team meets on a weekly basis throughout the semester to organize and plan, share progress, troubleshoot, assign tasks, and to exchange best-practices.


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

This program is a part of Colgate's Office of Sustainability, which is staffed by a director and a program assistant. Interns are paid through the Office of Sustainability. Budgeting was approved by our VP of Finance and Administration as part of our 2011 Sustainability and Climate Action Plan.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Communications Interns

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
2,869

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

Communications Interns are expected to:
~dedicate up to 6 hours per week to Colgate’s Sustainability Program;
~attend, be prepared for, and actively participate in weekly meetings;
~contribute to our Colgate Sustainability Series by highlighting sustainability efforts both on and off campus through podcasts, social media, video production, etc.;
~produce at least one 4-6 minute sustainability video highlighting Colgate's key sustainability initiatives;
~promote Colgate's sustainability achievements and ongoing initiatives through blogging, articles, and social media (e.g., Twitter and Facebook);
~help edit Colgate's Sustainability website and keep information accurate and fresh;
~work closely with other student groups and interns to successfully promote, support, and communicate their events and initiatives;
~to research other sustainability programs and implement best communications practices at Colgate University.


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

Three communications interns are hired as part of a competitive application process through Colgate's Office of Sustainability. Colgate's Director of Sustainability and Program Assistant ultimately hires and supervises the successful applicants. It is a year-long internship.


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

Colgate's Director of Sustainability, Program Assistant, and staff in our Communications and ITS Departments provide training to the successful applicants.


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

This program is a part of Colgate's Office of Sustainability, which is staffed by a director and a program assistant. Interns are paid through the Office of Sustainability. Budgeting was approved by our VP of Finance and Administration as part of our 2011 Sustainability and Climate Action Plan.


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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 the formal training that the student educators receive (3rd program):
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A brief description of the financial or other support the institution provides to the program (3rd program):
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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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Total number of hours student educators are engaged in peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education activities annually:
4,520

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.