Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.69
Liaison Deborah Steinberg
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Carnegie Mellon University
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Anne Witchner
Assistant Dean Of Student Affairs
Orientation & Family Programs
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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):

Prior to move-in day, Housing & Dining and Student Affairs includes information, sent to incoming students, about minimizing their waste during move-in and recommend environmental or energy saving items to bring to campus.

Orientation Programming
The Environment @ CMU 2 – 2:50 p.m.
Danforth Conference Room, Cohon Center
An interactive conversation with student leaders about sustainability on our campus. Learn more about community opportunities that blend research, education and practices that will enhance your CMU undergraduate experience.

Our fall orientation programming includes a Zero Waste Dinner on Tuesday night for all incoming first year students. Sustainability students & staff use the Zero Waste dinner as an educational opportunity to share with new students (in a fun and inviting fashion) Carnegie Mellon’s commitment to campus sustainability.

In addition to the Zero Waste Dinner, new students are able to mix and engage with representatives of environmentally focused student organizations and have some fun planting plants and decorating the pots with items from the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse. They can receive additional information on campus greening efforts and how they can become involved in campus sustainability. This fun event it a part of a community event, The Craig Street Crawl, where the street is closed down for a festival for CMU first year students to meet the local business owners and vendors.

Campus sustainability efforts are also shared with graduate students during the annual Graduate Resource Fair, a fixture of graduate orientation week. The University Environmental Coordinator and student interns provide information about the City of Pittsburgh recycling process and campus sustainability to hundreds of graduate students during this event.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional information for new students relating to campus sustainability can be found at the Environment at CMU website: https://www.cmu.edu/environment/

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