Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.92
Liaison Jonathan Lantz-Trissel
Submission Date July 26, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Eastern Mennonite University
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.81 / 2.00 Kirsten Beachy
Interim Director Core Curriculum, Asst Professor Language & Literature
Undergraduate Academic Dean
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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 No
Entering graduate students No

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):

In their 3rd week on campus, all new undergrad students take a 45 minute sustainability tour of the EMU campus led mostly by third and fourth year students as a part of a new student orientation class each fall. There are five stations across campus where students hear about a different aspect of sustainability at EMU: green buildings and energy, campus gardens and composting, social and economic sustainability, stormwater and rainwater management, and edible landscaping. This tour is one of the most talked-about days of the semester for the class each year. It also is a great way for me to introduce the Office of Sustainability and get out front of every first year at the start of their campus life. Having students present at 3 or 4 of the 5 stations also gives two or three campus organizations a chance to boast about their work and get new students connected to student sustainability efforts. Its one of the best things we do on campus.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

580 new students in graduate and undergraduate
235 in Transitions course that included Sustainability Tour

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