Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Jenny Isler
Submission Date March 1, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Clark University
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Jenny Isler
Director of Sustainability
Physical Plant / Facilities
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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):

ClarkiePalooza, the big barbque that follows orientation programming, is Zero Waste and that makes a big impact! All new students and their parents then attend the Campus Information Fair, where they meet and can talk to the staff of Sustainable Clark, the Recycling Crew, the Sustainability Collaborative, the Community Thrift Store, the Eco Reps, Local Root and other green campus organizations. Furthermore, the information packet provided to new students includes recycling and composting instructions, a Thrift Store coupon, '10 Green Campus Tips' and information on how to become involved in sustainability-focused groups on and off campus. Additionally, Peer Advisors and Resident Assistants receive 1 hour training on aspects of campus sustainability; the PA's and RA's shepherd all new undergrad students for several weeks, so they pass the information along and include it in their programmed activities in unique ways, like a scavenger hunt or quiz. Graduate students do not have dedicated orientation programming, but the individual departments generally arrange a presentation, meeting, green campus tour or other orientation-type activity with Sustainable Clark. The grad information packets include all the same handouts and reference material as those provided to the undergrads. Sustainable Clark also presents directly to international students, who come to campus early, in a lively Q&A format that illustrates lifestyle, recycling, food, water, shopping and other aspects of American-style sustainability.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

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