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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 65.93
Liaison Srinivasan Raghavan
Submission Date Feb. 24, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Missouri
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Michael Burden
Sustainability Coordinator
MU 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:
34,748

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Environmental Leadership Office Ambassador Program

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (1st program):
34,748

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

Ambassadors are committed to the development of a sustainable campus. Through peer-education and other outreach activities, Ambassadors provide knowledge, skills, perspective, and values to guide and motivate students to live in a more sustainable manner. The Ambassador Program is a student-driven commitment to peer education and the development of a sustainability-literate student body. Its mission is to foster a campus-wide culture of sustainability and assist the University of Missouri in its goal to improve its ecological footprint. Ambassadors engage Freshmen Interest Groups, Transfer Interest Groups, Mizzou Alternative Breaks, and more with presentations related to their majors and organizations emphasizing how pervasive sustainability is. In addition, they offer tours around campus to highlight he University’s sustainable efforts, progress, and milestones.


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

An information night is held at the beginning of each semester to anyone interested. Then, students fill out an online application and attend an interview night. They answer questions about the reasons for their interest, availability, dedication, other interests, and what they would like to learn from the program.


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

Weekly two hour meetings consist of the examination and discussion of the complexity and challenges of sustainable development from the past and present lifestyles, concepts, practices and beliefs. Contemporary issues of food security, public health, social justice, neoliberal globalization, and environmental degradation are explored through research, investigation, dialogue, and experience. Ambassadors are mentored by experienced participants and are evaluated by their peer audience at each presentation and tour.


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

The Ambassador Program is financially supported by the Environmental Leadership Office. Moral support is extended by Residential Life, Residence Hall Association, and the Sustainability Office as they collaborate on events and outreach opportunities.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Green Building Association

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):

USGBC is the University of Missouri chapter for the United States Green Building Association. Mizzou USGBC educates students about sustainability in built environments. As the next generation of design professionals, Mizzou USGBC recognizes the responsibility in the choices its members make.

Activities include events with the Kansas City and St. Louis chapters, socials with professionals in town (great networking experience!), Habitat for Humanity builds, study sessions for LEED accreditation and sustainable field trips. Other events include: CANstruction, Mizzou Homecoming, Shryocks Hayride & Bonfire, BARKitecture, AIA Convention in Washington, DC, Tour of Columbia's Landfill and City Hall, Boston Architectural Trip, YELANTS Dance Marathon Team, Visit to Nick Peckham's Farm, Extreme Makeover Home Edition-Joplin.


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):
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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.