Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.54
Liaison Stephane Menand
Submission Date June 22, 2017
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Missouri University of Science and Technology
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Patty Frisbee
New Student Programs
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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):

Missouri S&T’s New Student Programs office conducts an “Opening Week” new student orientation for all incoming freshmen and transfer students. Sustainability is not only prominently included in Opening Week activities, but the entire Opening Week program is administered using sustainable practices, such as on-line applications, electronic event confirmations, on-line surveys and surveys conducted using clickers in the classroom.

One of many objectives of Opening Week is to focus on the university’s green initiatives. New students are made aware of the campus’ commitment to sustainability and the environment. In 2009, the “Plug into the Green Movement” program started to further demonstrate Missouri S&T’s commitment to sustainability to its new students. This program is a continued part of Opening Week activities. Instead of providing new students with plastic bags full of paper brochures and information about the campus, all information is provided to new students on a flash drive. This effort has eliminated waste and reduced Missouri S&T’s impact on the environment.

Also included is Project X, a student design competition that all new students participate in during Opening Week. Recycled materials are utilized for Project X, and the end products (remote control vehicles designed by the students) are auctioned off at the conclusion of the project instead of destroyed or trashed. The money earned from the auction is donated to local charities.

During Opening Week, all new students attend informational sessions and a community fair to gain information about the campus. There are also guest speakers. Discussion topics include campus sustainability, recycling, diversity and inclusion and ethics.

We recently launched ‘S&T Guides: The Official App of Student Success Programs.’ The purpose of the app is to replace previous avenues of information dissemination and move towards a greener approach. Years ago incoming students received a bag with paper fliers. Then evolved the Flash Drive Project in which we disseminated the information via a flash drive for each student. We have taken it a step further and now we communicate this important info with our students through our app, S&T Guides. We utilize this app for PRO Days, Opening Week, and during Transfer Transitions. We also work to go green by collaborating with Stephane Menand (Assistant Director for Sustainability) on providing additional recycling receptacles during Opening Week.

At the conclusion of Opening Week, survey data is collected from new students to determine how they perceive the Green Campus Initiative.

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