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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 68.01
Liaison Andrew Predmore
Submission Date March 2, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Indiana University Bloomington
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Kristin Brethova
Assistant Director of Sustainability
IU Office of Sustainability
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
49,695

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):
49,695

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
100

Name of the student educators program:
Internship Program in Sustainability

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
260

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

Through internships co-mentored by operations staff and faculty members, interns conduct research and develop programming focused on general sustainability outreach and education or in specific topic areas such as food, transportation and resource use. Although here we list only the number of interns themselves who have come through the program, the actual number of students served by the peer-to-peer projects of these interns approaches all students on campus. Virtually all internships involve an education and outreach component.

The interns impact students and community members through programs including, but not limited to, the following projects:

1. Sustainability in the Greek Community: An initiative to involve the large IU Greek system in making smarter, more sustainable choices
2. IU Energy Challenge: A campus wide energy challenge held once per semester
3. Big Red Eats Green: A local and sustainable food festival
4. Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale: A reuse program that helps divert waste from student move-out, while raising money for local organizations
5. Campus Garden Initiative: A program that helps foster environmental and social sustainability, while teaching students and community members in edible gardening spaces on campus
6. Greening Cream & Crimson: An initiative helping to make IU Athletics & game day events more sustainable

More programs managed by these interns can be found at: http://sustain.indiana.edu/programs/index.php


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

Interns go through an application and interview process to be selected for available positions.


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

Interns attend weekly seminars to enhance knowledge related to 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):

All internships with the Office of Sustainability are funded positions, where graduate students earn $15 per hour for 10-15 hours over a 16 week period, and undergraduate interns are awarded $12 an hour for the same time period. Each intern has mentor(s) that he or she works with throughout the duration of their internship.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Sustainability Peer Educator Program

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
49,695

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

The Sustainability Peer Educator Program (SPEP) trains undergraduate student leaders to deliver sustainability lessons and workshops to their peers in the residence halls, Greek houses, classrooms, and other spaces. Peer educators support sustainability education by: 1) drawing on student feedback to design and teach lessons and workshops that provide peers a basic understanding of sustainability and its importance as well as tools for adopting sustainable behaviors, 2) coordinating with peers and campus partners to identify and remove barriers to adopting sustainable behaviors in each specific living environment, and 3) connecting students to other sustainability initiatives on campus.

Sustainability Peer Educator Program URLs:
http://sustain.indiana.edu/programs/sustainability-peer-educator-program/learn-about-the-program.php
https://www.facebook.com/SPEPatIU?ref=aymt_homepage_panel


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

The IU Office of Sustainability solicits applications for the Sustainability Peer Educator Program in February of each year, and students commit to serve for the following academic year. They apply by completing the application form, submitting their resume, writing a cover letter, and providing a letter of reference. IUOS staff then interviews top candidates to investigate their passion for sustainability, enthusiasm for teaching, and communication skills.


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

All peer educators complete a training course in the second half of the spring semester, before their academic year commitment begins. This training covers strategic communications, pedagogical tools, and the community-based social marketing framework for behavior change campaigns. The training objectives are to enable Peer Educators to:
• Demonstrate basic knowledge of sustainability topics that would facilitate long-term, self-directed learning
• Deliver dynamic lessons/workshops aimed at providing students basic sustainability information, tools for adopting sustainable behaviors, and built in accountability to aid them in shifting behavior
• Critique and improve their own teaching/facilitation through self-reflection, peer feedback and evaluations
• Cultivate a community of students interested in sustainability and provide them opportunities to engage beyond the lessons


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):

Sustainability Peer Educators earn $10.15 an hour for 5-10 hours of work per week, paid directly by IU's Office of Sustainability. The Sustainability Peer Educator Program would not be possible, however, without financial support from the IU Physical Plant and Residential Programs and Services.


Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
Residential Programs and Services (RPS) Eco-Reps

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (3rd program):
9,000

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

*These 9,000 students are also served by the Sustainability Peer Educator Program (above)*
The RPS Eco Reps are members of in-center Residence Hall Association student governments. While their exact responsibilities may vary from center-to-center, they are in general responsible for providing a sustainable perspective to operations and programming, being connected with the Residence Hall Association Director of Sustainability and assisting with programming, planning, and implementation.


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

Eco Reps are appointed by the in-center executive board. The executive board is elected by residents in each residence hall in the Spring semester.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (3rd program):

Eco Reps attend the Residence Hall Association training sessions in the Fall and Spring semesters. These include leadership, professional development, and organizational planning components as well as more specialized break-out workshops.


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):

The Eco Reps are part of the Residence Hall Association and therefore receive institutional funding through the Student Activity Fee, billed to each student living in the residence halls (as part of room and board). Each residence hall student government allocates these funds in a formal budget meeting in the Fall semester, therefore, individual Eco Reps may have differing budgets, by hall.


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:

The IU Student Sustainability Council (IU SSC) is a group of graduate and undergraduate students who represent a diverse group of IU clubs and organizations working to make IU a happier, healthier, and cleaner place to live, work, and learn. Their main efforts include collaboration and communication across groups working on similar issues, and raising/distributing money for sustainability initiatives at IU, like the revamping of Ballantine Hall's light system in 2013, a rain garden project, and solar electricity at the IU Art Museum in 2015.

Additionally, they organize the SustainIU Week every February, which just finished its 7th Annual Week this past February (http://www.indiana.edu/~iubssc/calendar/sustainiu15.php). This week impacts the entire student body, faculty, and campus, along with the initiatives the IU SCC has funded so far.

More information on the Student Sustainability Council: http://www.indiana.edu/~iubssc/


Total number of hours student educators are engaged in peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education activities annually (all programs):
1,050

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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.