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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 48.82
Liaison Eric Boles
Submission Date Feb. 12, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Arkansas
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.66 / 4.00 Carlos Ochoa
Director
Office for Sustainability
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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:
24,537

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Sustainability Internship Program

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (1st program):
10,153

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

Ten (10) students from diverse fields of study were hired to serve as interns for the Office for Sustainability in the Spring 2013 semester. Interns spearheaded their own sustainability events, programs, and projects, as well as collaboratively worked to accomplish goals set forth by the Office for Sustainability. Peer-to-peer outreach in the form of events; programs and projects include sustainability capstone research conducted via internship positions; RecycleMania; an e-Waste drive to collect and sustainably dispose of or reuse old electronic products; a book drive which resulted in the recycling or selling of several unused book; a Sustainability Open House event in which students were invited to eat and learn more about the Office for Sustainability, all that OFS does for the campus, and how they can get involved; Campus Conservation Nationals- a competition to reduce energy usage on campus; etc.


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

Out of a pool of 70 applicants for the sustainability student internship program, 15 were interviewed and 10 were chosen based on the skills they could offer the OFS, commitment to sustainability, and background knowledge of sustainability. Their backgrounds varied from law to architecture to politics, and half of them were actively pursuing a minor in sustainability.


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

Interns completed a 1 day training session prior to the beginning of the school year in which they were familiarized with the Office for Sustainability, its mission, goals and expectations for the interns over the semester. The goal of hiring 10 interns was to increase outreach of sustainability efforts to the student body at large.


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

The interns are led by Office for Sustainability Director, Carlos Ochoa. Ochoa assists in assigning tasks to interns and helping relay necessary funding for any events that interns are working on to Mike Johnson, Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities.


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 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 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.