Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.39
Liaison Christine Pinkham
Submission Date March 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

British Columbia Institute of Technology
EN-8: Employee Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00
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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:

As part of the on-boarding process for all staff and faculty, new employees attend a "New Employee Orientation" session which covers a variety of topics related to BCIT's governance, operations, academics, etc. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the orientation was offered on a monthly basis in person to give new employees an opportunity to connect with other newcomers. Employees from a variety of departments gave brief presentations on the various ways their department contributes to BCIT. In light of COVID-19, the orientation was switched to an online format.

Within the orientation are various information points on sustainability. These information points include, but are not limited to:
- BCIT's policy on Economic, Social, and Environmental Sustainability is introduced and explained, as well as policies on workplace harassment, discrimination, and peoples with disabilities.
- Employees are mandated to take an online course on Hazardous Materials to which they may come across on campus.
- Facilities services is introduced as the go-to resource for all matters recycling.
- The BCIT Race, Diversity and Inclusion (RDI) Office is introduced and links for educational resources on the topics are provided.
- BCIT's Indigenous Services are introduced, including the Indigenous Vision, and Indigenous Student Support.
- Sustainability on campus has its own designated section in the orientation. The section introduces how BCIT defines sustainability, the Sustainability Vision, the sustainability-focused features of the Strategic Plan and an overview of various sustainability-focused departments. Background on the Sustainability Office and Center for Ecocities are provided, as well as the opportunity for employees to engage with the "Green Team" - a volunteer staff group that organizes sustainability initiatives on campus.
- Employees are explicitly encouraged to use reusable utensils and coffee mugs on campus.
- An Indigenous Awareness course is provided to all staff members.
- Bike to Work week is advertised, in encouragement of alternative transportation. Employees are provided with the opportunity to engage in the organization of this event.

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