Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.47
Liaison Ian Johnson
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Colorado College
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Ian Johnson
Sustainability Director
Office of Sustainability
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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 students that are provided an opportunity to participate in orientation activities and programming that prominently include sustainability:
100

A brief description of how sustainability is included prominently in new student orientation :

New Student Orientation occured during the 2020-2021 school year, but fewer trips occured. The topics of sustainability were still included during the online orientation and the all of the incoming freshman and transfers participated.

The program was built to familiarize new students to the unique ecology and community of Colorado Springs while fostering the spirit of sustainability that Colorado College aims to embody. The presentation introduced students to plant, bird, and animal species within the area as well as the energy and waste disposal systems that support Colorado Springs and Colorado College.

In terms of the student educators who work on New Student Orientation, upperclassmen can apply to be New Student Orientation Interns and New Student Orientation Priddy Trip Leaders. Both job positions require a general training so those students are equipped to teach their knowledge to incoming students. More specifically, New Student Orientation Intern training includes teaching students about waste disposal, energy, local ecology, and more. The peer-educators also help build a sense of responsibility for fostering sustainability on campus among the incoming students.

Students are additionally taken on four day outdoor community service trips where they become familiarized with the nature and culture of the place they visit. Student leaders are choosen to lead trips and their training focuses on the importance of community and the importance of respecting the land that you occupy. The student leaders of these trips encourage new students to develop a sense of social responsibility and respect for their new home which in turn promotes sustainable practices. Before and during the trip, the leaders work hard to build a sense of community with all of the students on the trip and build a sense of respect for the environment. They make sure that the students understand "Leave No Trace Principles", how to camp without changing the landscape, and more general sustainability principles used when spending time outside.


Website URL where information about sustainability in student orientation is available:
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