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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 58.72
Liaison Kelsey Smith
Submission Date March 3, 2017
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STARS v2.0

University of the Pacific
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Shanna Eller
Sustainability Director
President's Division
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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:
5,151

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Water Resource Educators

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (1st program):
5,151

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

The Water Resource Educators work to educate students, staff and faculty on water usage - individually and as a community. They work under the direction of the Sustainability Director and Sustainability Coordinator creating monthly water education posters for all residence halls and academic buildings, resources for Residence Assistants - such as bulletin boards and programs, as well as conducting research and compiling data on California's schools action items concerning the drought.


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

Students are interviewed by the Sustaining Pacific team and then are hired.


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

Water Resource Educators work closely with the Sustainability Coordinator and other campus units to identify the best topics to educate about.


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

Funding for Water Resource Educators is provided by the President's Office.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Green Team Volunteers

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
5,151

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

The Pacific Green Team was created in AY2014-15. Pacific Green Team is composed of a base of volunteer students who volunteer at different events to help education Pacific students, faculty, staff and guests in properly disposing their waste materials. The Pacific Green Team has been present at a variety of events, including but not limited to: Move In, Preview Day, and Hunger Banquet. At each event, volunteer students complete a 30 minute training about the basics of how to be sustainable at events. This includes they themselves learning to properly sort their waste into: compost, recycling and landfill. At the events the Green Team interacts with individuals in a non-formal manner by crowd engagement or stationed at a receptacle station. Green Team volunteers educate all those they interact with.


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

Students sign up through an online fillable form to become part of the volunteer base.


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

Students work with the Sustainability Coordinator for 30 minutes to learn key terms, re-familiarize themselves with Pacific signage and learn the 411 to proper waste sorting.


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

AY14-15 Sustainability Project Investment Fund funded the Green Move In/Move Out which led to the creation of a Green Team volunteer base.


Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
Kitchen Co-op Coordinators

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (3rd program):
5,151

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (3rd program):

The Kitchen Co-op is a fully equipped kitchen on-campus that is accessible to students, staff, faculty, and clubs. Upon paying a semester membership fee, members can request and schedule times to access the kitchen. The kitchen and dining area are fully stocked with dishware, serving ware, cooking and baking supplies. There is a large refrigerator and pantry space available so members can drop off any cold items and ingredients needed for their meal prep and not worry about carrying them around.

The Co-op will hold a variety of programs that are open to Co-op and non-Co-op members, that include but are not limited to: Sushi Making, Macaron Making, Samosa and Chai Tea workshop, Quick 30 minute Meals with Head Chef Marco and more!


A brief description of how the student educators are selected (3rd program):

Students must go through an interview process with the Sustainability Director and Sustainability Coordinator.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (3rd program):

Kitchen Co-op coordinators work directly with the Sustainability Director and Coordinator to manage and organize the Co-op while simultaneously working on the marketing aspects and enrolling new members.


A brief description of the financial or other support the institution provides to the program (3rd program):

The Kitchen Co-op came to fruition through a joint effort by Sustaining Pacific, Housing and Greek Life Office, and PacWell. The Co-op was awarded funding for two years by the Sustainability Project Investment Fund.


Name(s) of the student educator program(s) (all other programs):
Ted & Chris Robb Garden Specialists

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by all other student educator programs:
5,151

A brief description of the program(s), including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (all other programs):

The Student Garden Specialists work under the guidance of the Administrative Director and two Garden Contractors, to create a program that will include but not be limited to creating strategic partnerships with gardens, markets, farms, and programs that will promote knowledge and engagement in the Pacific Robb Garden and related efforts by the Pacific and broader community. Students also work inside the garden in all aspects: creating, planting, maintaining, harvesting and selling produce. Students also engage with the broader public through canvassing and tabling in the greater community.

With the expansion of the Robb Garden, the Garden Specialists have been managing an Adopt-A-Plot program that includes staff, faculty, students and community members as adopters. Garden Specialists work one-on-one with the adopters to have the program run smoothly.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected (all other programs):

Robb Garden Specialists are interviewed by the Sustainability Director and Coordinator and are hired.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive (all other programs):

The Robb Garden Specialists work closely with our Garden contractors and have worked with a former Garden staffer to gain an understanding of the garden and its needs.


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

Sustaining Pacific and Student Life both fund the positions of Garden Specialists.


Total number of hours student educators are engaged in peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education activities annually:
3,279

The website URL for the peer-to-peer student outreach and education program(s):

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