Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.51
Liaison Chris Frantsvog
Submission Date May 1, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Luther College
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Maren Stumme-Diers
Assistant Sustainability Coordinator
Environmental Studies
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The percentage of 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:
Before students even arrive on campus, a 30 minute sustainability presentation is given to all Resident Assistants. After the presentation RAs should feel equipped with sustainability-related program ideas and have a general sense for the many sustainable features of campus operations and campus life. Many RAs will create a sustainability-related bulletin board the first month of school, which includes information on alternative transportation and local food.

Throughout orientation for new and transfer students there are many opportunities to learn about sustainability at Luther. The Zero Waste Picnic (attended by all incoming students and their families) is one way students are introduced to sustainability. The goal is to generate as little waste as possible, while educating about composting and local food - even the plates are edible! A student-led Green Team creates signage and provides sustainability education at the event.

The activities fair provides an opportunity for students to learn about the ways they can get involved with the sustainability office and the student environmental groups on campus.

For a few years Luther has coordinated an orientation event called "Do you "gnome" it?" . This game involves touring Luther campus with floormates and RAs to learn interesting facts about Luther, and many of the things visited and facts learn relate to sustainability, such as the edible landscape gardens, LEED certified science buildings, bike share program bikes at the library, and Luther's wind turbine.

All new students participate in a "Pay it Forward" community service project during their first year on campus. Many service projects are sustainability-related and have included collecting seed at Seed Savers Exchange, volunteering with the Cafeteria to Community Program, helping in the Luther Gardens or assisting with bike storage.

Information regarding all these events is included in the orientation booklet provided to all first-year students. The booklet itself is printed on locally manufactured paper (from Wisconsin), made using environmentally friendly practices and contains 10% recycled post consumer fiber. It is also printed with soy ink.

The website URL where information about sustainability in student orientation is available:
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