Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 75.35
Liaison Megan Litke
Submission Date March 30, 2016
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STARS v2.0

American University
EN-7: Employee Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Hannah Debelius
Sustainability Manager
Office of Sustainability
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The percentage of new employees that are offered orientation and/or outreach and guidance materials that cover sustainability topics:

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

An overview of the University's commitment to and policies regarding sustainability is included in all new-staff orientation. Additional information about specific sustainability topics are also included: information about public transportation including metro, bus, Zipcar, and Zimride; bicycle commuter benefit; Money Network Service which replaced majority of paper paychecks and encouragement to complete surveys and tax forms electronicly; sustainable food choices including the campus CSA, farmers market, and community garden; a tour of campus also includes sustainability highlights.

The orientation itself has also implemented sustainability. All new hires are provided with binders, and both the binders and all materials within them are 100% recyclable and made from recycled materials. The binders also consolidate many individual handouts into one piece, so it helps by eliminating paper. Benefits vendor information and handouts are now "a la carte" so new staff are only collecting the materials they want rather than excess materials they don't need or want. Other handouts at orientation include reusable grocery bags and a travel mug/cup to use.

The website URL where information about sustainability in new employee orientation is available:

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