Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.57
Liaison Noah Upchurch
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

Catawba College
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Noah Upchurch
Senior Sustainability Specialist
Center for the Environment
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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 :

The College hosts a Sustainability Picnic event every year during orientation with the Office of the President and the Office of Student Affairs. The picnic immediately follows Convocation and is a zero-waste event that includes locally-sourced food options. Students and faculty are brought together through various sustainability-related tabling events. During the previous year's picnic, one table included the Fred Stanback Jr. Ecological Preserve Keeper informing students about the benefits of keeping plants in dorms. Another table offered succulents to students. Faculty in Chemistry had a table where there were demonstrations on creating safe balms and lotions. These sustainability-related tables at the picnic are part of a greater "Meet the Majors" effort to develop student interest in the Environment & Sustainability, Chemistry, and Biology programs at the College.

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

Attached is a screen capture of a Catawba College Sciences Facebook post made about the most recent Sustainability Picnic and "Meet the Majors" event in August, 2022.

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