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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 57.03
Liaison Heather Lynch
Submission Date Oct. 4, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Saint Michael's College
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.20 / 4.00 Heather Lynch
Director of Sustainability
Academic Affairs
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
2,500

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):
2,000

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
80

Name of the student educators program:
Eco-Rep Change Agents

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
2,000

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

Eco-Rep Change Agents help increase student, staff, and faculty awareness, engagement and involvement in important environmental issues through Residence Hall programming, social activities, public events, and various educational programs.

Student employees:
• Plan 2-3 events, projects, trips and campaigns each semester related to sustainability (zero-waste, energy efficiency/conservation, food and agriculture related, sustainable transportation, etc)
• Work with Resident Assistants to create competitions or programs related to sustainability in the Residence Halls (for example, energy challenges, how to be sustainable while living on campus, etc…)


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

Students must apply (resume and cover letter) to be an Eco-Rep Change Agent. Selected students are then interviewed and offered the position if it seems like a good fit.


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

Student employees meet weekly with the Director of Sustainability to collaborate on programs/tasks. These meetings consist of training that the students need based on their particular focus and changes from week to week. The Director of Sustainability focuses on supporting each student as they develop to become leaders and educators.


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):

Students are paid $10-$12 per hour (roughly 6-7 hrs/week) based on their level of experience and associated responsibilities. The students are supported by funds and staffing from the Director of Sustainability and her office.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
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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 to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (2nd 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) (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 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):
875

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.