Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 63.40
Liaison Adam Sizemore
Submission Date March 2, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Miami University
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.84 / 2.00 Yvette Kline
Dir. Sustainability & Energy Conservation
Physical Facilities
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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:

• All domestic first-year students who attended summer orientation (3,459) and August orientation (109) received printed information about sustainability in our Discover Magazine, in addition to 105 transfer students who attended August orientation. Sustainability information was also prominent in our orientation and Welcome Week mobile app, which was installed 5,281 times by students and/or guests. The app contained ten sustainability tips covering a variety of topics applicable to campus life, from recycling and reusing to joining green student organizations.
• The mobile app helped us cease physical printing of the Welcome Week program guide, of which we used to order 8,000 copies (for first- and second-year students). Rather than distributing printed Welcome Week information, the residence hall staff created a station on move-in day where they helped each student download the app to his/her mobile device.
• Approximately 100 "Loving Red/Touring Green" reusable bags were distributed to students who opted to take bus tours of sites in and around Cincinnati during "Welcome Week". Each bag contained a description of 5 "green" features participants might encounter. These included locally produced and available food, composting of organic waste, bike-sharing and public bus transportation options. The ten sustainability tips were printed on the back side of the half-page insert.
• Student orientation leaders gave skits to all incoming students, and recycling was a point of contention in a staged roommate conflict.
• Orientation was housed in new LEED constructed residence halls on walkways that prominently displayed four sustainability interpretive signs with QR codes for more information.
• Full screen digital display ads from the "Green Team" -- one for recycling and one for using reusable coffee mugs -- were on rotation in the student center during orientation and start of school.

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

International students have a separate orientation, which does not include all of the aforementioned activity. 8 % of new students were international in Fall 2015.

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