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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.

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Liaison Mary Beth McGrew
Submission Date March 11, 2014
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STARS v1.2

University of Cincinnati
ER-1: Student Sustainability Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Claire Sweigart
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Total number of degree-seeking students enrolled at the institution:
41,970

Program name (1st program):
Student Sustainability Advocates

Number of students served by the program to whom peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education is offered (1st program):
41,970

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

The Student Sustainability Advocates help run Office of Sustainability outreach events. For example, they staff informational tables at many events on campus, help provide programs in residence halls, lead discussions after film series events, teach sustainability-related skill workshops, and encourage fans to recycle at sporting events.


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

Student Sustainability Advocates are interviewed by Office of Sustainability staff and hired based on their qualifications and skills.


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

Sustainability Advocates go through a training process which covers effective communication and various other skills necessary for the position, such as event planning and execution.


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

The Office of Sustainability has two full-time staff members who oversee the Sustainability Advocates. All Advocates are paid hourly wages for their work.


The website URL for 1st Program:
Program name (2nd program):
Environmental Literacy Certificate of Achievement

Number of students to whom peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education is offered (2nd program):
41,970

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

This new program offers students the opportunity to earn a non-credit environmental literacy certificate by attending lectures, workshops, films, small group discussions, and volunteer events. Many of these events are led by students, including the film discussions and workshops. Students also help oversee volunteer activities and small group discussions.


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

Students must have first earned the Environmental Literacy Certificate of Achievement or served as a Sustainability Advocate.


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

Students receive training in how to facilitate group discussions and create a welcoming, non-judgmental space in which productive discussions can occur.


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

The President's Advisory Council on Environment and Sustainability as well as the Office of Sustainability provide staff time to oversee the Environmental Literacy Certificate of Achievement program and all participating educators.


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Number of students to whom peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education is offered (3rd program):
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Program name (All other programs):
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Number of students to whom peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education is offered (All other programs):
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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.