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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 51.95
Liaison Erin Stanforth
Submission Date July 24, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Virginia Commonwealth University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.81 / 4.00 Parker Long
Sustainability Reporting and Outreach Coordinator
Facilities Management - Office of 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:
31,163

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Eco Reps

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (1st program):
6,300

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

The Virginia Commonwealth University Hall Council Eco-Rep program facilitates peer-to-peer education and provides leadership opportunities to students through engagement and service. The Eco-Rep program is dedicated to enhancing sustainability in residence halls and contributing to positive behavior change on campus. Eco-reps actively engage fellow students around sustainability issues such as resources consumption, waste management, and other environmental issues. This program serves as a platform for collaboration between students and administrators, provides a venue for students to express concerns and provides leadership opportunities for students.


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

EcoReps are selected by an election process within their residence halls. Qualifications for selection include the ability to work independently and collectively, strong interest in environmental sustainability and interest in behavior changes surrounding sustainability, accountability and flexibility, and grade point average of 2.5 or higher.


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

Upon election, EcoReps attend a meet-and-greet during the first semester with the Office of Sustainability as well as a workshop with Office of Sustainability staff.


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

Eco Reps receive financial and staff support from the VCU Office of Residential Life and Housing.


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 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.