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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 68.58
Liaison Mary Ellen Mallia
Submission Date Jan. 15, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University at Albany
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Mary Ellen Mallia
Director of Environmental Sustainability
Finance and Business
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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:
14,296

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
UAlbany Student Sustainability Council

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (1st program):
14,296

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

The Student Sustainability Council serves as the advisory board for the Office of Environmental Sustainability on all student initiatives. The Student Sustainability Council is comprised of chairs (ranging from 12-16 in number, depending on student interest), Res Life representatives, and delegates from the Student Association, the Graduate Student Association, and environmental student groups. Chairs positions are filled base on students' interests and education. The Chairs assume the responsibility for creating programs and educating the Student Sustainability Council, who in turn educate the campus.


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

Student educators on the Student Sustainability Council must apply for "chair" positions, and are appointed by the Office of Environmental Sustainability based on their experience and interests.


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

The Administrative Chair has the responsibility of training individuals who wish to apply for a chair position or sit on the council. Students learn about the key aspects of sustainability and sustainable programs, initiatives and operations at University at Albany. A training handbook has been compiled by the Office of Environmental Sustainability and is used in the training of student educators.


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

Student educators are provided with a $250 stipend at the end of each semester. A student educator may receive a reduced stipend or no stipend at all if their work, dedication, and achievements are not sufficient.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Res Life Sustainability Committees

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
7,500

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

The campus is divided into 5 quads and 3 apartment complexes. Each living area has developed a sustainability committee of resident assistants (RA) and housing managers (HM). This group is responsible for developing large scale sustainability events each semester, as well as bringing the residents to sustainability-themed campus events.


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

The committees are comprised of resident assistants that are selected by res life professional staff members based on their interest in sustainability.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (2nd program):

The Office of Sustainability conducts a session on sustainability as part of the RA mandatory training prior to the start of the academic year.


A brief description of the financial or other support the institution provides to the program (2nd program):

The Office of Sustainability offers coordination support for the committee events. In addition, the university has internal grants available to help fund programs.


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):
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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.