Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 83.20
Liaison Mina Amundsen
Submission Date Nov. 5, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Colby College
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Sandy Beauregard
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability Office
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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 N/A - institution does not have graduate students

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):
100

A brief description of how sustainability is included prominently in new student orientation (including how multiple dimensions of sustainability are addressed):

Students participate in Colby Outdoor Orientation Trips that introduce students to Maine's natural beauty using Leave No Trace practices and cultivating an appreciation of the environment they will live in for the next 4 years. Tips include backpacking, hiking, canoeing, organic farmstay, and cooking with sustainable and local foods. There is COOT offered in both the fall for all incoming first-year students and transfers, as well as in January to accomodate students who were aborad for their first semester. COOT trips are a mandatory part of Colby students' matriculation. Additionally, students participate in C2iT which promotes a relationship between Colby and the community. Volunteer activities include cleaning up trash, working on a farm, clearing trails in local preservations, and mitigating other environmental concerns. One of the major themes of orientation is students' connection with place, including tours through Colby's Arboretum and in the surrounding Waterville area. This introduces students to the importance Colby puts on sustainability by showing them the beauty of Maine as a whole through COOT, promoting a connection with the local community and community development through C2iT, and finally an introduction to the importance of the environment on and around Colby's campus.


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