Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.28
Liaison Michelle Seppala Gibbs
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

Hope College
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Michelle Gibbs
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 :

Information regarding the "Green" culture at Hope is given to all incoming students along with a couple of sustainability focused giveaways.

All students that attend new student orientation are given promotional literature and a Sustainable Hope College Cupanion Cup to help develop awareness of the Sustainable Hope website, recycling efforts on campus, reduction of single use items, and composting opportunities.

Before coming to campus students are mailed a packet of resources on what to bring to college and our sustainability team included a reference of "green items" to bring (examples listed were ENERGYStar products, bike, helmet, lights, etc...). This is also promoted on the New Student Orientation social media accounts.

Information about the Cupanion Cup project that was launched during the 2019-2020 academic year can be found here: https://anchor.hope.edu/campusandbeyond/how-to-make-sustainable-living-your-cupanion/

Since the fall of 2019 freshmen move-in, we also have had a heavy focus on collecting materials for recycling. In 2019 we had two stations near freshmen residential halls that were hosted by student move-in day helpers. Due to the pandemic we were not able to host collection stations in the fall of 2020, but we did reinstate these in 2021 and 2022. In 2021 at one residential hall we collected the following amount of material: 10 yards of cardboard, 175 lbs of plastic film, and 166 lbs of styrofoam within a three hour timeframe.
Within four hours, during an event hosted for the fall of 2022 freshmen move-in we filled a 20-yard container with broken down cardboard and also collected 48.58 pounds of plastic film as well as 39.3 pounds of styrofoam for recycling.

In 2020 due to the pandemic we were not able to meet in person with students and educate them about sustainability, but one of our student interns created this short sustainability video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fn5Spy0P7XM&list=PLtkHbfXPm2VojPDNob2kD55DaCYEjnZhV&index=1 We have continued to promote this video in 2021 and 2022 as well.

We have also created a website called “Guide to Green Living” and it has tips for students to live more sustainably on campus: https://hope.edu/offices/sustainability/campus-sustainability/guide-green-living.html

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