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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 58.11
Liaison Melissa Tier
Submission Date April 19, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Swarthmore College
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Melissa Tier
Sustainability Program Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
1,620

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):
1,620

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
100

Name of the student educators program:
Green Advisors

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
1,620

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

The Green Advisors (GAs) are student fellows of the Office of Sustainability who work to encourage sustainable lifestyles among all Swarthmore community members. The GAs spearhead projects to advance campus sustainability, facilitate environmentally-friendly behaviors in the residence halls, manage the campus composting system, host engaging and educational all-campus events, produce resources to inform the community about best practices, and generally serve as peer leaders.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

Extensive application process that parallels the selection process for RAs. Students apply mid-spring through an essay based application. They need letters of recommendation. Each candidate is Interviewed. All GAs participate in a week long pre- freshmen orientation training. All GAs are placed residentially.


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

Have a week of training prior to orientation. Week-long training that ranges from peer-leadership skills to training in specific sustainability topics: general peer leadership and understanding sustainability, campus specific topics (natural enviro., enviro justice, dining and food, and energy). GAs have meetings and trainings throughout the year.


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):

Student Pay + Training and orientation + General program cost = $50,000/year. Sustainability Program Manager is the main director for GA program while the Office of Sustainability and the President's Office also provide general support.


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):
1,380

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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.