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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 60.07
Liaison Mark Klapatch
Submission Date Feb. 24, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Wisconsin-River Falls
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Mark Klapatch
Sustainability and Custodial Supervisor
Facilities Management
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount):
7,523

Total number of students enrolled for credit that are served (i.e. directly targeted) by a student peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting to the extent feasible):
7,523

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
100

Name of the student educators program:
Campus Sustainability Representative

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
7,523

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities:

The Office of Sustainability employs 3 students who serve as Sustainability Representatives. They focus on student to student peer-to-peer education. They do this by putting on sustainability events in residence halls, presenting in classes, giving campus sustainability tours, and planning and facilitating campus-wide sustainability events. The presentations, programs, events, and activities are designed to engage students and inform them about UWRF sustainability initiatives as well as sustainability as a whole. By better educating our students, the sustainability representatives are able to catalyze behavior change.

Some of areas in which students teach other students to become experts include:
- Waste minimization training (include refuse, recycling, food waste, surplus property, upcycling, and donation collections on campus)
- The Real Game of Life program presentations which requires students to make decisions based on income an time available for a transportation source, light source, and food source. Activity highlights effects of choices and ways to make more sustainable choices in terms of food, transportation, and light sources.
- Events highlighting nutrition and healthy eating from local sources
- Plants and landscaping. The students also host a "plant your own plant event' where students can take home their plant. They also are educated on the benefits of having plants as well as the benefits of native plants and grasses. This also creates awareness for landscaping techniques on campus and stormwater management efforts.

Students who attend the trainings and events are encouraged to consider applying for a Sustainability Representative position in the future.


A brief description of how the student educators are selected:

The student representative positions are open to all students. Once applications are received, materials are reviewed by the Office of Sustainability to narrow down the candidate pool. The candidates are then interviewed by the Office of Sustainability and positions are offered.

This program just started in Fall 2016 so the Sustainability and Custodial Supervisor, Mark Klapatch, conducted all interviews. In the future, current Sustainability Representatives will help evaluate application materials and will participate in the interviews to select new employees.


A brief description of the formal training that the student educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach:

Mark Klapatch leads all formal training for student educators; Weekly meetings, guided sustainability tours, and presentations are a few of the training activities.


A brief description of the financial and/or administrative support the institution provides to the program (e.g. annual budget and/or faculty/staff coordination):

The Office of Sustainability supports the program both financially and administratively. The office covers the salaries for the students as well as minimal funding for events. Administrative support comes in the form of Mark Klapatch advising the sustainability representatives.


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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 to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (2nd program):
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A brief description of the financial and/or administrative support the institution provides to the program (e.g. annual budget and/or faculty/staff coordination) (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 to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (3rd program):
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A brief description of the financial and/or administrative support the institution provides to the program (e.g. annual budget and/or faculty/staff coordination) (3rd program):
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A brief description of all other student peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs, including the number of students served and how student educators are selected, trained, and supported by the institution:
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Total number of hours student educators are engaged in peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education activities annually (all programs):
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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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.