Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.20
Liaison Kimberly Williams
Submission Date March 5, 2020

STARS v2.2

George Washington University
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 2.00 Kendra Scott
Coord, Hallmark & Stud Prog
Office of Student Support & Family Engagement
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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:
37.50

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

GW's New Student Orientation program is offered to incoming students and their families the week prior to classes starting in August. In 2019, the first-year program took place from August 21-25 and the transfer student program took place from August 22-23. GW serves roughly 7,000 guests over the course of the week's festivities. Sustainability is featured in Orientation in a variety of different ways. Meals and activities are conducted with sustainability in mind by using eco-friendly materials - plates and utensils, as well as educating new students and their guests about how to properly dispose of food and materials for compost and recycling. We provide information to each student in their residence hall room about recycling, water, and electricity use. Lastly, GW hosts a Food Festival during orientation, which provides opportunities for students and their guests to learn more about food options on and around campus, as well as sustainable practices. Additionally, in 2019, the student's gift at Orientation was a water bottle from Cupanion, which partners with Fill It Forward. Both support sustainable efforts.


Website URL where information about sustainability in student orientation is available:
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New Student Orientation is a program housed within the Division of Student Affairs and is part of the Student Life Team.

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