Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.54
Liaison Elaine Durr
Submission Date Feb. 19, 2020

STARS v2.2

Elon University
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.70 / 2.00 Emily Krechel
Director
New Student and Transitions Programs
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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 No

Percentage of all entering students that are provided an opportunity to participate in orientation activities and programming that prominently include sustainability:
85

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

Fall 2019 Undergraduate Students:
Elon hosts admitted students’ days each March and April, bringing high school seniors who have been admitted to Elon on campus. Students participate in a variety of activities to acclimate themselves to campus, including an Information Fair where the Office of Sustainability is present to discuss sustainable transportation options.
All new students (first-year and transfer) receive information about Elon's car share program, select sustainability initiatives, packing tips and Elon's sustainability pledge.
In addition, the Office of Sustainability provides information that is included in the training materials for all Orientation staff. This includes the definition of sustainability (including people, planet, and prosperity) as well as practical information about waste sorting and how to get involved in sustainability on campus. Orientation staff are asked to share that information with new students (first-year and transfer) in their small group sessions during Orientation weekend. The two picnics held during Orientation weekend are nearly no-landfill events with compostable or recyclable products provided. Students and families are responsible for appropriately sorting their items into the provided bins, which are monitored by student volunteers.
Inclusivity is a broad theme during Orientation, and new students (first-year and transfer) participate in a session called I Am Elon on identity, diversity and social responsibility. At check-in all new students were given a metal straw to cut down on single use plastics. Additionally, plastic bags are no longer used to give out orientation materials. Instead, students receive a folder with their materials with the hope that they reuse the folder in the future. Additionally, they receive a lanyard for their nametag instead of a sticky nametag with the hope that they reuse that as well. Additionally, in the past water bottles and soda cans were widely available on move-in day. To reduce single use cans and plastic, Orientation eliminated that and began having water stations throughout campus for people to refill their reusable water bottles.


Website URL where information about sustainability in student orientation is available:
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