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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 56.88
Liaison Dedee DeLongpre Johnston
Submission Date June 3, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Wake Forest University
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.62 / 4.00 Hannah Slodounik
Program Coordinator
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:
6,890

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Sustainability Ambassadors

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (1st program):
3,085

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

The Sustainability Ambassadors program is designed to provide student volunteers with the information and resources necessary to act as sustainability ambassadors for campus. Sustainability Ambassadors are required to complete a task list, which includes developing and participating in sustainability-related outreach, volunteering in the campus garden, and completing a sustainability behavior assessment.

Prior to spring 2015, the program was known as EcoReps.


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

Student educators are required to articulate their interest in participating in the program. In 2012 and 2013 a written application was required.


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

Student educators are required to attend quarterly meetings that focus on various skills and topics relevant to sustainability on campus.


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

Funding is provided through the Office of Sustainability. The full-time Program Coordinator leads the program.


Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
Greeks Go Green

Number of students served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (2nd program):
1,424

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

Every sorority and fraternity on campus is eligible to nominate a Greeks Go Green representative to serve on a representative council. Representatives make presentations at chapter meetings, host film screenings, and invite members to activities like the WFU Earth Day Fair and speaker series. Every sorority on campus has a representative or team of representatives. The number of fraternities with representatives varies from year to year.


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

Chapter representatives serve in a volunteer capacity -- some organizations have multiple representatives and all have at least one. The representatives are approved by their executive boards so that they have the buy-in and support of organizational leadership.


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

Two Office of Sustainability interns serve as the network facilitators and trainers. The interns coordinate weekly meetings with the Greeks Go Green representatives and present on various sustainability-related topics.


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

The Office of Sustainability funds the internships for the two Greeks Go Green coordinators and provides funding for supplies, signs in chapter lounges, incentives for activities, film screening rights, and food for events.


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):

In spring 2015, the Program Coordinator worked with an undergraduate course and graduate course to develop sustainability outreach materials with ten student groups. After providing in-class presentations about sustainability education and outreach development, the Program Coordinator met with groups individually to advise students on the projects. All ten groups completed tabling outreach at the annual WFU Earth Day Fair in April. Five of the groups also tabled earlier in the semester to refine their outreach protocols.

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.