Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 46.39
Liaison Laura Draucker
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Amherst College
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Laura Draucker
Director of Sustainability
Office of Environmental 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 N/A - institution does not have graduate students

Percentage of all entering (i.e. new) students (including transfers and graduate students) that are provided an opportunity to participate in orientation activities and programming that prominently include sustainability (0-100):

A brief description of how sustainability is included prominently in new student orientation (including how multiple dimensions of sustainability are addressed):

Environmental sustainability, diversity and inclusion, and wellness are all key aspects of our new student orientation. Specifically, every incoming student has the opportunity to participate in one of several available LEAP (Learn, Explore, Activate, Participate) program. Two of these directly focus on environmental sustainability. One addresses topics such as climate change, renewable energy, local food systems, and sustainability as it directly relates to the Amherst campus. Another LEAP program takes place on the Book and Plow farm and students get to experience first hand an organic farm. This program discusses the current state of agriculture in America and engages students in the topics of local food and sustainable agriculture. Our Queer Resources Center and Multicultural Resources Center also run LEAP programs focused on social justice. In addition, all students receive training and support on wellbeing and belonging.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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