Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.85
Liaison Amy Butler
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Michigan State University
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Mara Spears
Sustainability Program Coordinator
Office of the EVP for Administration
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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 (i.e. new) students (including transfers and graduate students) that are provided an opportunity to participate in orientation activities and programming that prominently include sustainability (0-100):

A brief description of how sustainability is included prominently in new student orientation (including how multiple dimensions of sustainability are addressed):

All incoming students are given information packets during orientation which contain safety pamphlets and information on how to live at MSU sustainably. All students are taken on a tour of the MSU dorms and dining halls, along with several buildings throughout campus. All dorm rooms and dorm buildings have signs recommending electricity and water reduction, and all buildings have recycling and trash available. Students are taken through Brody dining hall, where they learn about composting at that location and MSU's waste disposal options. Students are walked through buildings that are LEED certified and learn about MSU's clean commute options and bus route. This tour provides students with a comprehensive understanding of MSU's commitment to environmental sustainability on campus. All students are provided with websites and social media sites to serve as resources and to follow to learn more about it all, and students are all invited to the annual Sparticipation event on campus, which showcases all Registered Student Organizations and clubs on campus. Students are provided with resources that additionally explain where they can find academic assistance, career advice, and counseling on campus; all aspects allow students to dive into the social and cultural life of living as a Spartan, and MSU's Live On website and pamphlets comprehensively cover this as well. All students moving in to 1855 Place are giving a reusable recycling bag, courtesy of a grant agreement with Coca Cola. Students are informed of the surplus store and recycling center, MSU's No Plastic Bags policy, as well as student services and career advising within colleges, allowing students to understand the opportunities available to them economically on campus.

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