Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.54
Liaison Tom Hartzell
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2020

STARS v2.2

Calvin University
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.88 / 2.00 Becki Simpson
Associate Dean of Residence Life
Residence Life
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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 students that are provided an opportunity to participate in orientation activities and programming that prominently include sustainability:

A brief description of how sustainability is included prominently in new student orientation :

a. Wilderness Orientation: All incoming students (first-year and fall transfers) are offered an opportunity to attend a wilderness orientation program for 8 days prior to fall classes. During this experience, students learn how to appreciate wilderness and experience wonder at creation, Students receive training on how to minimize their environmental impact while enjoying the wilderness. Students learn how to seek God through nature.

b. Sustainability breakout sessions: All incoming first-time-at-any-college students (93% of incoming students) participate in the 3 day orientation program prior to classes starting. This 3-day program contains a sustainability breakout session. Staff & faculty partner to give a 35 minute talk about sustainability to any students who choose to attend. (about 10% of students choose to attend). The topic of the session is: Food Justice: What does food and sustainability have to do with justice?

c. Streetfest: One day of this 3-day program is spent on a service-learning project in the city. For this day, a vegetarian and allergen free sack lunch is provided. There is a rigorous process of recycling and composting that happens after students return at the end of the day with their lunch. Students see where every piece of their lunch ends up, and verbal explanations and signage are provided to explain why the meals are vegetarian, and why we are asking them to compost and recycle their waste.

d. Operations: Our orientation program has moved to an online booklet, using the guidebook app instead of paper guides (limited paper guides are available as needed). We try to make sure our process for serving orientation meals minimizes food waste. Additionally the cookouts during this program moved significantly to a waste free meal; including compostable utensils, napkins, and plates.

Website URL where information about sustainability in student orientation is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

This information is from Joshua Bulten from Campus Involvement & Leadership.

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