Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.09
Liaison Susan Kidd
Submission Date May 21, 2021

STARS v2.2

Agnes Scott College
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.82 / 2.00 Susan Kidd
Executive Director
Center for Sustainability
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Are the following students provided an opportunity to participate in orientation activities and programming that prominently include sustainability?:
Yes or No
First-year students Yes
Transfer students Yes
Entering graduate students No

Percentage of all entering students that are provided an opportunity to participate in orientation activities and programming that prominently include sustainability:
91

A brief description of how sustainability is included prominently in new student orientation :

The Center for Sustainability is committed to a one-on-one information session during new students’ first day on campus. During first-year move-in, the Environmental Residents (ERs) go door to door as first-years move in to initially talk to the incoming students about waste diversion. There are two to three ERs per residence hall, which ensures they are able to talk to each new residential student. The primary goal is to introduce the new students to the college’s waste diversion program, but it also ensures each student hears directly from a peer on the importance of sustainability on campus. Students and families then have the opportunity to have their individual questions answered. In order to engage with commuter students, a commuter student representative from the Center for Sustainability gives a sustainability presentation during commuter student orientation.

In addition, all undergraduates and transfer students have the opportunity to engage with the Center for Sustainability during orientation brunch, during which time the ERs invite all new students to participate in recycling games. Sustainability is also featured in the orientation guidebook which is distributed to all new students.

Since the college was closed during Fall 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center for Sustainability did not participate in any virtual orientation activities. For the Spring 2021 semester, the college reopened for a reduced number of students. During this move-in/orientation period, the center conducted socially-distanced waste diversion education for all returning students, including updated recycling signage in the dorms and provided individualized recycling bins for styrofoam, plastic film, and cardboard for the duration of the move-in period. The center collected approximately 70 pounds of recycling from this program.

In addition, all undergraduates and transfer students have the opportunity to engage with the Center for Sustainability during orientation brunch, during which time the ERs invite all new students to participate in recycling games. Sustainability is also featured in the orientation guidebook which is distributed to all new students.


Website URL where information about sustainability in student orientation is available:
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Notes on submission: In Fall 2019, Agnes Scott enrolled a total of 342 students (299 traditional undergraduates, 11 transfers, 32 graduates), with 310 of those students being reached through sustainability orientation programming.

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