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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 56.68
Liaison Jeanne Gulnick
Submission Date July 18, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Saint Joseph's College - ME
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.86 / 4.00 Kimberly Post
Community-Based Learning Director
Community-Based Learning
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
4,464

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):
961

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
21.53

Name of the student educators program:
EcoReps

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
961

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

The mission of the EcoReps is to serve as peer educators to raise awareness on sustainability issues ranging from waste reduction and diversion, energy efficiency and conservation, to health and well-being, water conservation, and more. There is an open door for more EcoReps to join throughout the semester. Some of the outreach programs that have been promoted by the EcoReps are:
New Student Orientation--Living Green on Campus
Size Matters, an educational program to become aware and reduce individual carbon footprints.
Campus Water Tasting--held 2 times, each time allowing students to compare the taste of our tap water and several bottled waters. Each time, our tap water was actually the preferred water and this was promoted on campus.
Save Energy Like a Pilgrim--short energy conservation contest leading up Thanksgiving
Recyclemania--waste minimization--promotion on campus.
Go Green and Go Home--program to minimize waste at the end of the year.
Although the Ecoreps principally target the on-campus community, they also extend their message to the sizable on-line student community using technology.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

EcoManagers are paid student positions who educate in the residence halls by encouraging and promoting sustainable behavior changes while leading entrepreneurial projects, events, and competitions. There are six EcoManager positions, selected at the beginning of the academic year after an email announces the availability of the positions. Students apply and are selected for best fit by the faculty advisor. Typically students are able to return the next year to this position. Quite often they are CASE Scholars as well.


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

The EcoReps have weekly meetings to plan outreach and activities. The meetings are guided by the faculty advisor.


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 EcoManagers are paid and the program has an annual budget of about $8000.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Community and Sustainability Engaged (CASE) Scholars

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):

CASE Scholars join an exciting community-based learning program while pursuing a minor in Sustainability Studies and/or Leadership and Community Engagement. Scholars increase their service and leadership skills while studying in one of the most rapidly growing fields of the 21st century in preparation for productive futures in the emerging green economy. CASE Scholars participate in special classes, workshops, seminars, and off-campus community-based projects. They also mentor and lead students from all disciplines who are interested in making the world a better place.

The CASE Scholarship Program is part of Saint Joseph’s College’s Community-Based Learning Program. It seeks to embody the mission and values of the College through a four-year progressively challenging program that builds students’ capacity while benefiting communities. Each year, CASE Scholars are asked to engage in activities that will increase their abilities and understanding of how best to sustain our shared world.


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

CASE Scholars are selected by application, based upon GPA, community service record, and commitment to sustainability issues.


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

Each CASE Scholar must enroll in the Sustainability and/or Leadership and Community Engagement minor course of study and maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA; enroll in Community-Based Learning (CBL) courses to connect community work to academic interests and majors; meet as a group a minimum of three times each semester; be active participants in the EcoReps student club; contribute a minimum of two hours a week to support the Community-Based Learning (CBL) office


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):

The College supports eight CASE Scholars annually, with some funds provided by a private donor, for a total of $16K. One full time faculty and one full time staff member support the program as part of their regular duties.


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):
1,120

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.