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Overall Score 85.05
Liaison Careen Arsenault
Submission Date March 5, 2020
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Cornell University
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Sarah Zemanick
Director, Campus Sustainability Office
FS - Energy & 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 Yes

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):

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

New Student Orientation at Cornell features several sustainability events including ECO Fest (sustainability student org fair, representing graduate and undergraduate student orgs), a Sustainability Dinner co-hosted by Cornell Dining and the CSO in one of our all-you-care-to-eat dining halls, and hiking tours with Nature Rx.

Sustainability Goosechase Scavenger Hunt (New Fall 2019) -- Ran from August 23-October 12. The scavenger hunt aims to nudge sustainable behavior change and highlight the many amazing resources that exist to progress sustainability on campus. Missions were added daily for the first couple weeks of the semester and bi-weekly thereafter. Any Cornellian was eligible to participate (including faculty, staff, students), but the GooseChase was especially useful for incoming students, giving them a comprehensive look at the sustainability resources & culture at Cornell. https://events.cornell.edu/event/sustainability_scavenger_hunt

The EcoRep Orientation Leaders also manage waste sorting and education at large-scale Orientation events offering food, and "Cornell's Guide to Living Sustainably" is featured on the New Student Programs Orientation website.

RAs discuss key sustainability information during first community meetings, and staff from the Campus Sustainability Office were featured at Graduate Student Orientation events (resource fair and international students orientation). The Sustainability Engagement Manager also trains the PREPARE Orientation Staff on sustainability topics, in order to prep them to cover these topics with new international students on campus.

A sample of additional 2018 & 2019 sustainability-focused orientation events include:
(1) Dump & Run Sale -- This annual sale is a green way to stock up on items for your new room. Consider shopping here first and see what you can reuse to reduce harm to the environment. All proceeds go to charity.

(2) Camp Out for the Environment Meet and Greet Campfire -- The Ecology House invites new and returning students to join us in the backyard for the annual welcome back campfire and s’mores. Around the campfire, current Ecology House members will share stories and talk about ways you can get involved in the many projects and leadership opportunities offered in the Ecology House and on campus through environmental-themed student organizations.

(3) Big Red Leads Green -- Lecture during orientation featuring multiple faculty, advertised to new students, open to the entire Cornell community. Did you know that Cornell is the most sustainable Ivy League university? Our multidisciplinary approach makes us a global leader in climate change and sustainability solutions. We are changing the world. Join us as Cornell faculty share cutting-edge research and innovative solutions, and learn how to take action here on campus with our sustainability student organization expo. "I truly believe that Cornell - and really it's just all of the very smart people here - are going to save the world." - Bill Nye '77

(4) ECO Fest -- Did you know that Cornell has 40+ sustainability student organizations? Cornell students are empowered to drive just and sustainable change through innovation, collaboration, and engagement. Come explore Cornell's annual sustainability club fair, and connect with upperlevel students to learn how to make an impact on campus and beyond. Hosted by Cornell's Environmental Collaborative (ECO), Cornell Dining, and the Campus Sustainability Office (CSO). Giveaways and prizes!

(5) Sustainability Dinner -- Join your fellow Cornellians for the most Sustainable Dinner of the year. Learn about the Residential Compost Program, Cornell Dining Sustainability initiatives, meet with a Cornell Dining Nutritionist, and more!

(6) "The Truth Has Changed" play -- performed by Josh Fox, focused on fracking and methane impacts, open to the public, over 1000 attendees (Fall 2018)

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