Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.48
Liaison Abraham (Avi) Henn
Submission Date Sept. 28, 2020

STARS v2.2

Northern Arizona University
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.76 / 2.00 Matthew Muchna
Sustainability Manager
Office of Sustainability
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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 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 :

Freshman and transfer students partake in new student orientation every semester. The Office of Sustainability collaborates with NAU’s orientation team to infuse sustainability into the orientation informational expo, new student assemblies, campus tours, and orientation handouts. New student orientation touches on the importance of meeting the university’s fifth strategic goal of "Stewardship"

One new student orientation assembly in particular focuses on the university’s sustainability efforts. Every new student (both freshman and transfers) attend an hour assembly put on by the NAU Bookstore, NAU Office of Sustainability, and NAU reads program. At this assembly, the NAU Bookstore focuses on minimizing waste and consumption. Reusable bags and bottles are given out, the textbook rental program is emphasized, and the ability to shop electronically for e-text books and other no impact products are advertised.

The Office of Sustainability’s coordinator explains to the students and their families the university’s commitment to carbon neutrality and goal to become carbon neutral by 2040. Students are shown a video explaining the multitude of sustainability initiatives, programs, and projects taking place on campus that they can participate in and benefit from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhpdU-Z6UD4

Other strategies for including sustainability in the orientation experience include move-in day education. Students receive a reusable shopping bag. The shopping bag comes with information on why NAU is a retail plastic bag free campus!

For graduate students in the CEFNS college, the Sustainability manager conducts a 1hr intro to sustainability at NAU presentation every fall semester.

Website URL where information about sustainability in student orientation is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Sustainable Orientation occurred in 2017 and 2018, but didn't occur in 2019. We are create virtual resources and documents for fall 2020 orientation on how to live sustainability on campus, with a focus on health, safety, and sustainability in light of COVID-19.

For graduate students (about 13% of enrollment - or 87% of total), as the only current orientation program is done through CEFNS college (9% of graduate students) we listed 88% as total population reached through orientation programs.

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