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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 50.89
Liaison Nicholas Kordesch
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2017
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STARS v2.1

San Francisco State University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.03 / 4.00 Tyler Daguerre

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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
29,465

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):
200

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
0.68

Name of the student educators program:
EcoLife's Sustainability Training for Residential Assistants

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
200

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

This training was conducted by students in the "EcoLife" group within the Residence Hall Association.They organize a training for all Residence Hall Assistants each semester. The session included lessons on encouraging university housing residents to use their compost bins and the appropriate bins for compostables and recyclables. They break into teams and compete in a waste sorting game.

The training also orients Residence Hall Assistants to other sustainability resources on campus so they can include it in their programming throughout the year.

EcoLife invited some guest speakers to present at the program, Max Wechsler and Janelle Fitzpatrick from SF Environment, and Linda Jo Morton from the SFSU Grounds Department. Staff from the Office of Sustainability have also been invited as guest speakers.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

EcoLife selects student educators on a volunteer basis. Any Residential student is eligible to join and help with training.


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

EcoLife trains its own staff. If a potential student educator is interested in sustainability, EcoLife helps them become a resource for their Residental Life peers by providing them with information and sustainability contacts. The founding members, Jennifer Macias and Tyler Daguerre never received sustainability outreach training but they are outreach experts because they work in the residence halls allowing them to directly outreach to students and fellow peers.


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):

SFSU receive $500 annually from RHA, and have received donations from the SF Parks and Recreation, SFSU's Grounds Department, SF Environment, and Sodexo.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Waste Bin Ambassadors

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

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

Associated Students' Environmental Resource Center conducts peer to peer waste bin education each fall. The program involves a team of educators standing near waste/recycling/compost receptacles to greet new students and teach them how to use our waste system. Since many of our students come from areas that don't collect compost, this serves as an introduction to composting and and introduction to sustainability programming.


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

Students volunteer to be part of the Environmental Resource Center team and are reviewed by the executive team. Some of the waste bin educators are interns for the center.


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

The bin ambassadors are trained by the Environmental Resource Center staff using materials from Recology, the campus waste hauler. They are trained in the technical information about how to sort waste and also how to greet and educate new students.


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 Environmental Resource Center provides stipends for bin ambassadors.


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:

A number of other education groups that involve outreach to students are EcoLife, EcoStudents, Sustainable Initiatives, Real Food Challenge, Food Recovery Network, and Fossil Free SF. In terms of outreach, for EcoLife they table, present trainings, throw programs, advertise on campus, and collaborate with other organizations as well as the Parks and Recreations department.


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