Overall Rating Platinum - expired
Overall Score 85.29
Liaison Tonie Miyamoto
Submission Date March 23, 2015
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Colorado State University
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Tonie Miyamoto
Director of Communications and Sustainability
Housing and Dining Services
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The percentage of 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:

Orientation includes several opportunities to learn about sustainability on campus. Several departments, including Housing & Dining Services and Parking and Transportation Services, prominently feature sustainability presentations and engagement opportunities during orientation.

The Center for Advising and Student Achievement, which organizes Orientation Programs, introduces sustainability-focused programs throughout Orientation and Ram Welcome including the Ram Welcome Picnic, which serves over 8,000 diners and is a zero waste event. All students are invited to this event, along with their families, and it is a major focus of education efforts for sustainable practices at the University.

In the residence halls during orientation, students are introduced to alternative transportation, energy monitoring in each hall, the composting program, and much more (http://www.housing.colostate.edu/sustainability). During move-in, 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 hall. In fall 2013 over 21 tons of cardboard was diverted from landfills through these programs.

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 Ram Orientation over the summer.

From the beginning, students experience 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 student orientation is available:

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