Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.16
Liaison Kylee Singh
Submission Date Sept. 19, 2019
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California Polytechnic State University
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.93 / 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 No

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):
96.40

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

Open House- An annual event that showcases the campus to admitted and current students, their supporters, alumni, and the San Luis Obispo community. Organizers strive not only to showcase sustainability efforts at Cal Poly through student project displays, but to make the Open House event greener by initiatives including:
-Educational outreach to student clubs about ways to reduce environmental impact of their display booths and food sales by limiting packaging, recycling, composting, and Zero Waste event planning.
-Promoting display booths that are designed and constructed for reuse every year.
-Limiting distribution of printed materials and promoting use of recycled content paper.
-Elimination of Styrofoam for food service sales, and recycling of paper, cardboard, plastic, glass and aluminum.

SLO Days- Student Life Orientation (SLO) Days is Cal Poly's 2-day, overnight, summer orientation. Efforts to make SLO Days more sustainable 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 are given a refillable water bottle to educate them about the environmental impact of purchasing bottled water.

WOW- 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. 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.


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