Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 78.07
Liaison Linsey Edmunds
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

Keene State College
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.90 / 2.00 Caitlin Holden
Sustainability Engagement Coordinator
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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:

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

Sustainability is always a component of the new student orientation at KSC. Each Fall, The Office of Sustainability and the Eco-Reps present a general overview of sustainability at KSC, including campus sustainability goals and practices. Additionally, the Eco-Reps conduct an interactive game/presentation with all incoming students, including transfer students, about how to correctly sort recyclables at KSC. In addition, blue bins for recycling are put in every residence hall room, with printed information about the recycling program, energy efficiency, and other sustainability measures. In Fall 2019, brochures about living sustainably while at KSC were distributed to each entering first-year student. Finally, all students participating in Orientation are asked to complete the Sustainability Pledge, which lists many ways that KSC community members can live more sustainably while at KSC. The Sustainability Pledge offers waste reduction and energy saving tips, provides suggestions of ways to get involved in and care for your local community, and when students complete it they are sent a copy of the pledge via email, to remind them of the sustainable practices that they committed to. Student Eco-Reps present educational material about sustainability in-person or by video in advance of the Pledge session.
Additionally, KSC takes a holistic view of sustainability, incorporating elements of human health and wellness. The KSC Wellness Center is heavily involved in the new student orientation process, and delivers a wide array of programming, ranging from bystander intervention training, alcohol and drug awareness, to being a safe and respectful community member, and more.

Website URL where information about sustainability in student orientation is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

After navigating to the website above, scroll down to the “Office of Sustainability Resources” section to find the resources that are provided to entering KSC students during Orientation.

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