|Submission Date||Sept. 12, 2011|
Colorado State University
ER-3: Sustainability in New Student Orientation
Director of Communications and Sustainability
Housing and Dining Services
Does the institution include sustainability prominently in new student orientation?:
A brief description of how sustainability is included prominently in new student orientation:
Orientation includes several opportunities to learn about sustainability on campus. Several departments, including Housing & Dining Services, prominently feature sustainability during orientation.
Beginning with the dorms and move-in, students are introduced to Green features in the residence halls, as well
as the metering and energy monitoring in each hall. Students are introduced to various housing and dining
projects and programs available to students (http://www.housing.colostate.edu/green/index.htm). Emphasis is placed on recycling programs that capture cardboard boxes and other common move-in waste. These facilities are easily accessible and conveniently located for students in each dorm. In fall 2010 over 16 tons of cardboard was diverted from landfills.
New student orientation also features diversity and intercultural opportunities. New students can sign up for
diverse educational experiences over the orientation weekend.
Students can also explore the ecology-based experiences of Pingree Park - CSU's mountain campus as part of Preview
Additionally, the Center for Advising and Student Achievement, which organizes Orientation Programs,
introduces sustainability-focused programs running throughout the year, including alternative spring break,
which focuses on community service and environmental stewardship.
From the beginning, students are exposed to CSU as an environmentally conscious university. The university
strives to educate students on sustainable alternatives and opportunities from their first day as students.
The website URL where information about sustainability in new student orientation is available: