Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 72.58
Liaison Tom Twist
Submission Date June 12, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Bates College
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Tom Twist
Sustainability Manager
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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):

Sustainability is addressed during new student week, with sustainability programs integrated into the orientation schedule, as well as tours and a sustainability Q&A picnic at the top of Mt. David, our local lookout. New students are introduced to our bike sharing program, as well as opportunities to get involved with our EcoRep Interns and other sustainability clubs. All students receive a brief overview on Bates carbon neutrality goals and ways they can help move us closer.

Also, all first year dorms are provided with sustainability workshops on energy efficiency, water usage, and waste and recycling education via coordination with their dorm parents.

We also give out to the students their reusable stainless steel mugs for their time at Bates. We no longer have a disposable option for drinks. Each mug is accompanied by a flyer explaining sustainability initiatives on campus and letting them know how to get involved. This is extended to transfer students as well -

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