Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.91
Liaison Elizabeth Swiman
Submission Date Dec. 19, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Florida State University
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jamie Valentine
Partnerships Coordinator
Sustainable Campus
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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):

• Replaced disposable plastic bags with reusable bags for all Orientation attendees, new students, and family members. The dimensions of sustainability addressed are the intersection of the economy and the environment. Students are made aware of sustainability through encouraging to use the reusable bag rather than a plastic bag which would have been the lower cost option.
• Increased recycling and reuse bins in all program locations to capture recyclable material and unwanted promotional items that can be reused. Addresses environmental and social dimension; students and family are made aware that it is FSU’s culture to reuse and recycle.
• Orientation Leaders (OL) lead by example through utilizing their reusable water bottles. OL’s also point out hydration stations where attendees can fill up their water bottles. This addresses environmental and economic dimensions; students learn the behavior from doing even if not directly stated via leading/learning by example at FSU.
• During Orientation Leader intensive training, Sustainable Campus staff present to all OLs about campus-wide sustainability efforts and programs. This allows OL staff to include sustainability facts during the tour and be prepared to answer questions that may arise. All three pillars are represented at the university, by sustainable campus, and the information disseminated to new students via OLs.
• At the Orientation campus resource fair, Sustainable Campus staff are present to speak with students and families about involvement opportunities, connecting with Sustainable Campus of social media, and are given resources on how to pack “green” for college. All three pillars are addressed through the event, students discuss how to get involved in sustainability on campus and the sustainability resources available.
• The Sustainable Campus office develops sustainability at FSU slides which rotate on televisions and monitors where Orientation takes place. All three pillars are addressed as slides include Food Recovery Network, Garnet and Gold Goes Green (a recycling program), and Eco-Reps (sustainability ambassadors on campus) highlighting how students can get involved.
• Staff from Sustainable Campus present at the Transfer Student Resource Fairs for transfer students to encourage sustainable behavior and engagement with the SC office. All three pillars are addressed through the presentation by SC staff. Students attending the session discuss how to get involved in sustainability on campus.
• Each new and transfer student is given a FSU planner known as the Holopaw. Every year, Sustainable Campus places a full page ad in the planner describing how to take part in sustainable behavior at FSU. This encompasses all three pillars; as the Holopaw is the main learning tool used during orientation. This allows sustainability to be recognized as a major facet of new student learning by exposure/experiential learning.

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