Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 32.32
Liaison Michelle Gibbs
Submission Date Dec. 3, 2012
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STARS v1.2

Hope College
SD-1: New Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete N/A Samantha Hawke
STARS Coordinator
Physical Plant
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Does new student orientation include presentations, speakers, or skits that address sustainability and take place in large venues that most or all first-year students attend?:

Provide a brief description of the presentations, speakers or skits:

During one skit performed for all incoming students, recycling is mentioned and encouraged.

Does new student orientation incorporate sustainability information into presentations (e.g., made by Residential Advisors to individual dorm floors)?:

Provide a brief description of the presentations:

Residential Directors and Residential Advisors provide their residents with information regarding Hope's sustainability initiatives, including how to recycle in the residential halls and academic buildings. The staff of each residence hall is taught a lot about the "green" culture at Hope. They receive specific training about what to tell their residents, and each RA/RD is expected to encourage recycling and appropriate use of paper in the computer labs.

Does new student orientation actively engage students in activities that raise awareness about sustainability, highlight how sustainability plays out on campus, or allows students to take part in a productive green activity?:

Provide a brief description of the activities:

Does the institution make new student orientation more sustainable via efforts such as a zero-waste meal or carbon offsets?:

Provide a brief description of the efforts:

Dining services attempts to use all compostable materials for all meals during orientation, especially for outdoor picnics. The picnics always include recycling and compost bins, and resuable or compostable utensils and supplies.

Does the institution incorporate sustainability into new student orientation in other ways?:

Provide a brief description:

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