Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.65
Liaison Laura Bain
Submission Date Jan. 19, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Furman University
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Laura Bain
Associate Director of Sustainability Assessment
David E. Shi Center for 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 N/A - institution does not have graduate students

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):

During three separate new student summer orientation events, sustainability was one of two sessions students could choose from to learn more about a specific area of university life. Each session was approximately one hour in length, with an interactive discussion about sustainability programs and initiatives. Staff also covered the history of sustainability commitments and reporting at Furman and the holistic, interdisciplinary nature of the topic. A Resource Fair followed the session and included a table where students could learn more about sustainability initiatives, internship opportunities, and programs on campus and sign up for more information.

During the fall orientation event, the Shi Center hosted an open house where students toured the university's organic farm and LEED-certified Shi Center for Sustainability. An optional evening film screening of "Before the Flood" provided students with a broad overview of climate change issues and allowed for lively discussion.

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

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