Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.33
Liaison Austin Eriksson
Submission Date Dec. 10, 2018
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STARS v2.1

California State University, Northridge
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Sarah Johnson
Sustainability Program Analyst
Institute for Sustainability


Institution includes sustainability prominently in its student orientation activities and programming. Sustainability activities and programming are intended to educate about the principles and practices of sustainability. The topics covered include multiple dimensions of sustainability (i.e. social, environmental and economic).

As this credit is intended to recognize programming and student learning about sustainability, incorporating sustainability strategies into event planning (e.g. making recycling bins accessible or not serving bottled water) is not, in and of itself, sufficient for this credit. Such strategies may count if they are highlighted and are part of the educational offerings. For example, serving local food would not, in and of itself, be sufficient for this credit; however, serving local food and providing information about sustainable food systems during meals could contribute to earning this credit.   


This credit applies to all institutions that hold student orientation. 


Institutions earn the maximum of 2 points available for this credit when sustainability is included prominently in orientation activities and programming made available to all entering (i.e. new) students (including transfers). Incremental points are available based on the percentage of entering students that are provided an opportunity to participate in orientation activities and programming that prominently include sustainability. For example, an institution that offers activities and programming that meet the criteria to 50 percent of its entering students would earn 1 point (half of the points available for this credit).

Points for this credit are calculated automatically in the STARS Reporting Tool as follows:



Percentage of entering students provided orientation activities and programming that include sustainability (0-100)


Points earned





Up to 2



Institutions may choose to report activities from the most recent semester (or equivalent), the most recent year, or the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.

Sampling and Data Standards

Include all entering (i.e. new) students (including transfers and graduate students). 

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.