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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 75.27
Liaison Katie Lavin
Submission Date Jan. 28, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Sterling College (VT)
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Adrian Owens
Faculty
Applied Sciences
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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:
120

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Environmental Science class

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (1st program):
120

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

This core, required class focuses on quantitative measurements of human impacts to air, water, soil, and biota. Converting those understandings to practical solutions highlights renewable energy and conservation; Analysis techniques such as ecological foot-printing, carbon balance, lake profile sampling, hydro-electric potential, heat-loss and electrical usage calculations utilize fundamentals of chemistry, physics, and ecology. Culminates with an independent audit project assessing local impact and testing solutions.

The peer-to-peer outreach the students complete are varied, but include: signs in dorms and public buildings, especially by light switches; talks in our weekly Community Meetings; emails to students; dorm meetings; email outreach to the entire on-campus community through the e-news; reminders through the Environmental & Social Justice club.


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

Again, this is a core requirement for all students. The only students who do not take the program are those who have transferred in with applicable course credit.


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

In this course, students learn analysis techniques such as understanding watts & watt hours; taking in-depth audits of a sample dorm room, including individual appliances and how much energy they use; the efficiency of different light bulbs; and electrical usage calculations.


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

This is a core course, so it is fully funded by Sterling College.


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 (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 formal training that the student educators receive (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 how the student educators are selected (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.