Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 62.57
Liaison Kylee Singh
Submission Date Feb. 16, 2017
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STARS v2.1

California Polytechnic State University
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Kylee Singh
Sustainability Coordinator
Energy Utilities and 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 Yes

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):

Week of Welcome, run by Cal Poly New Student Orientation Programs, is an immersive week long orientation program that takes place immediately before the start of fall quarter. Small groups of new students, both incoming freshman and transfers, are led by two trained orientation leaders in a wide array of social experiences and educational programs intended to build a foundation for academic success, personal development, and connection to the campus and local community. Efforts to make WOW more sustainable and educate students about sustainability include:

-Conversion of all paper handouts to electronic format via USB drives which students keep, eliminating 70,000 pages of paper handouts annually between SOAR and WOW combined.
-All food service is Zero Waste, with all waste being either recycled or composted.
-Students receive education about sustainable living and Cal Poly's ongoing efforts to be green.
-A Block Party is held to expose students to the many sustainability clubs and student organizations.
-Students learn about sustainability in curriculum and coursework, as well as green careers.

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