Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.54
Liaison Michael Amadori
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Hobart and William Smith Colleges
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.96 / 2.00 Mikayla Gullace
Sustainability Intern
Office of 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 students that are provided an opportunity to participate in orientation activities and programming that prominently include sustainability:

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

Sustainability programming and activities are prominently included during first-year Orientation and are facilitated by an orientation team that has received sustainability training. The Office of Sustainability and student Environmental Representatives (EcoReps) also plan and coordinate various activities for incoming first years during Orientation to ensure new HWS students understand the Colleges’ commitment to sustainability. Sustainability experiences for first-year students at Orientation include a sustainability-focused lunch and meals throughout the weekend, using our BinMaster program with compostable disposal service ware, providing move-in assistance with guidance on materials management. Signage (e.g. recycling facts) also is placed throughout campus during Orientation. We also like to direct new students to our Go Green video ahead of Orientation, outlining a range of important sustainability efforts taking place at HWS so they are knowledgeable when they get here.

The Office of Sustainability is examining the possibility of providing a sustainability session for incoming mid-year transfer students. Our graduate program is just a 5th year option for seniors in the Education program who want to get their Masters Certification required to be a teacher in New York State.

Additionally, students are instructed to watch a video (link attached below) discussing the green initiatives on campus and practiced during orientation to give them a better idea of how the school values sustainability and what they can do as individuals to participate.


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