Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 76.57
Liaison Katie Koscielak
Submission Date April 11, 2023

STARS v2.2

Cal Poly Humboldt
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Morgan King
Sustainability & Waste Coordinator
Facilities Management
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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 Yes

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 :

The mission of the Humboldt Orientation Program (HOP) is to communicate what it means to be a member of the Cal Poly Humboldt community, to prepare students to be socially and environmentally responsible members of diverse societies, and to teach students to use their education to make a positive difference in the world. Prior to the start of each semester, HOP coordinates online and in-person orientation training and events, required for all new students. Sustainability has been prominently included in HOP through the following:
• Integration of sustainability into the mandatory online orientation tutorial, from a description by the Dean of the College of Natural Resources & Sciences on the connection of academics with our communities and sustainability to benefit all of humanity, to an emphasis on social justice and equity with links to our Cultural Centers for Academic Excellence, and our Social Justice, Equity and Inclusion Center among other resources, to a module on campus waste management that includes compost, recycling and landfill waste guides.
• Participation by the Office of Sustainability (OS) and student sustainability organizations (Waste Reduction Resource Awareness Program, Campus Center for Appropriate Technology, Green Campus, etc.) at each in-person Orientation Resource Fair, which includes informational tabling and amplified announcements to attendees.
• Integration of campus sustainability attributes and features into orientation tours
• Sustainability training of HOP staff
• Welcome to Humboldt gift bag provided to most new students, primarily residents (freshman and transfers living on campus) though any new student may request a gift from Housing if they don't receive one during Orientation. The gift bag is sustainability-themed and includes a re-usable canteen, a free ride coupon for the Humboldt Bikeshare program, a token for OZZI reusable containers, and a campus Sustainability Guide in a re-usable bag.
• During Housing’s Opening Day, student groups such as (WRRAP), Green Campus, and Campus Center for Appropriate Technology (CCAT) host information tables next to the Housing registration tables. Facilities Management provides free, lightly used clothes hangers and three-ring binders to new students, which had been collected during move-out the previous semester.
• Oh SNAP! Thrift Shop hosts a pop-up thrift shop during orientation to help new students access affordable items and reduce waste. The thrift shop sells donated items from students moving out of the residence halls in the previous spring. All money raised goes to support the on-campus pantry, farm stand, and emergency housing fund.
• The Office of Sustainability, Campus Center for Appropriate Technology, and other campus organizations table at the Transfer Student Orientation and the New Graduate Students Orientation as well to interact with students and to provide them with sustainability guides and resources.

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