Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.12
Liaison Ciannat Howett
Submission Date July 25, 2017
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Emory University
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Taylor Spicer
Assistant Director
Office of Sustainability Initiatives
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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):
Since 2007, the Office of Sustainability Initiatives (OSI) has partnered with schools throughout Emory in varying capacities to incorporate sustainability into new student orientation. Listed below are Emory’s current efforts to integrate sustainability in orientation. • All incoming students (undergraduate, transfers, and graduate) receive either reusable water bottles, reusable bamboo utensil sets, or farmers market tote bags that include Emory's sustainability goals to encourage sustainable behaviors from the beginning of their time at Emory. • The Office of Sustainability has a booth at orientation fairs/expos with Emory College, Rollins School of Public Health, School of Nursing, School of Medicine, School of Law, and Laney Graduate School. The Office of Sustainability participates in a post-orientation student engagement expo hosted by the School of Theology. • The Office of Sustainability leads a campus sustainability tour during Orientation which is open to all incoming students and their parents. • In 2009, Emory held its first "Zero-Waste" Orientation and participation and numbers increase each year. Composting and recycling bins are provided for major events such as the Orientation Fair, Parent’s Breakfast, and in some years, the Coke Toast, so that all materials from these events are diverted from the landfill. Student volunteers are stationed by waste receptacles to educate students and their parents about how to properly recycle or compost waste. Orientation planners are presented to by the Office of Sustainability Initiatives and are contacted for reminders to plan their Orientation events as Zero Waste events. • Prior to arrival, new Emory undergraduate and graduate students have received shopping tips, move-in recycling information, sustainable commute information, and a general introduction to sustainability at Emory through an electronic packet and/or via the Orientation Blackboard website. • OSI and the Educational Garden Project have tables to provide information to incoming students at the Orientation Expo. Transportation and Parking Services, Enterprise CarShare and Bike Emory are also present at the Expo, offering bike safety tips, bike maps, and sustainable commute information. • The Sustainability Showcase has been held for the past nine years in collaboration with the Living Green themed hall during Orientation Week. Representatives from sustainability-related student organizations and Emory departments provide information on how students can get involved on campus. • All Resident Advisors (RA), Sophomore Advisors (SA), and Orientation Leaders (OLs) receive sustainability training by the Office of Sustainability staff. • Laney Graduate School and School of Nursing students watch the 30-minute “Emory as Place” video during orientation. This film highlights Emory and Atlanta’s history, civil rights struggles, environmental challenges, and opportunities for students to contribute. There is a table at the Graduate School Orientation with information about sustainability, alternative transportation and Bike Emory, and the School of Nursing takes students on a woods walk during orientation. • At the Goizueta Business School, the BBA Program Orientation has moved in recent years to reduce the amount of paper distributed to students and instead direct them to a list of helpful websites. • At the Candler School of Theology, in 2015, the orientation team shifted their welcome materials and resources to electronic copies available through emails and websites, rather than printing materials for incoming students. • For the Anesthesiology Assistants, Physicians Assistants, Master's in Development Practice, and the Laney Graduate School departments, the Office of Sustainability Initiatives staff presents Emory’s sustainability story during orientation activities.

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Data reported for the AY 2013-2014, 2014-2015, and 2015-2016.

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