Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.18
Liaison Allie Schwartz
Submission Date Nov. 30, 2012
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Columbia University
ER-3: Sustainability in New Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Cathy Resler
Office of Environmental Stewardship
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Does the institution include sustainability prominently in new student orientation?:

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

During each New Student Orientation Program, incoming undergraduate students receive information on environmental sustainability in their first moments on campus. When students arrive, they are immediately directed to the location where they can sign in and receive their student ID cards. EcoReps have a small table set up in this area so that after students pick up their IDs they receive a free made in NYC, BPA-free, recyclable at end of life water bottle. As the EcoReps hand out the water bottles, they engage students in conversation about sustainability on campus and make them aware of various environmental student groups on campus. The Office of Environmental Stewardship tables at the New Student Orientation Program Campus Resources Fair, CUMC Welcome Expo, Residential Resource Fair, Law School Welcome Fair, and General Studies Fair to educate the incoming students on campus sustainability. In addition, Housing sends out an orientation e-mail to all new students early in the academic year that includes a link to the Guide to Green Living, which is a valuable tool written by EcoReps with the intention of informing students on how to live sustainably on campus. All first year undergraduate students also receive a CFL light bulb to use in their personal lamps in their residence hall room.

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