Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.90
Liaison Deborah Steinberg
Submission Date Dec. 6, 2021

STARS v2.2

Carnegie Mellon University
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Julie Schultz
Associate Dean for Parent & Family Engagement and First-Year Orientation
Community Life and First-Year Orientation and Family Engagement
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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 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 :
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.

During the week of our fall Orientation first-year and transfer undergraduate students can participate in an interactive conversation with student leaders about sustainability on our campus where they learn more about community opportunities that blend research, education, and practices that will enhance their CMU undergraduate experience.

Additionally, our fall orientation programming includes a Zero Waste Dinner. 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. We work with our Dining Vendor to use compostable products where applicable for all of the meals served during the program.

Residential education staff provides education about recycling and composting efforts within the residential halls at a floor meeting during the Orientation program.

Campus sustainability efforts are also shared with graduate students during the annual Graduate Resource Fair, a fixture of graduate orientation week. The Green Practices Committee provides information about the City of Pittsburgh recycling process and campus sustainability to hundreds of graduate students during this event.

A welcome message and information for new students relating to campus green practices and sustainability is added to the Environment at CMU website at the start of each academic year.

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