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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 58.08
Liaison Kristi Wiedemann
Submission Date March 13, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Princeton University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Shana Weber
Director
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:
7,910

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
The Princeton University Ecology Representative Program (Eco-Reps)

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (1st program):
7,910

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

The Princeton University Ecology Representative Program (EcoReps) was founded in 2004 in collaboration with the Office of Sustainability, which administers the student-run program.
The mission of the EcoReps is to promote the integration of sustainability into campus residential life. Through their efforts, the EcoReps aim to see every Princeton student adopt at least one aspect of sustainable living into their daily lives, and to understand the value of sustainability for themselves, their communities, and the environment.

Examples of the EcoReps' peer-to-peer outreach activities include:

Greening Princeton Reunions: Every spring, Princeton EcoReps help to raise sustainability awareness and integrate eco-friendly practices into Reunions. They accomplish this by ensuring proper labeling of recycling bins at Reunions sites, which they also monitor; marching in the P-Rade with eye-catching, informational recycling signs; and by being available for any questions that alumni may have.

Greening Move Out: To reduce the amount of end-of-year waste, the EcoReps work with Building Services each year to place collection bins at about 20 sites across campus. Students are encouraged to donate books, school supplies, clothing, unopened food and toiletries, furniture, and other reusable materials.


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

The Office of Sustainability recruits and hires two to three EcoRep leaders by reviewing student applications and conducting interviews with the applicants, many of whom have previously served as group members. Group members are then recruited by the leaders.


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

The Office of Sustainability delivers an orientation presentation to the EcoRep leaders upon hiring them, and offers additional training as needed. The student leaders then train their group members.


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

The Office of Sustainability pays the EcoRep leaders an hourly wage. In addition, Princeton University provides housing to all leaders and group members who assist with Move Out and Reunions.


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Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
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A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (2nd program):
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A brief description of how the student educators are selected (2nd program):
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A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (2nd program):
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A brief description of the financial or other support the institution provides to the program (2nd program):
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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 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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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:
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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.