Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.71
Liaison Greg Kozak
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Northwestern University
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Sarah Tulga
Sustainability Program Coordinator
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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 :

Sustainability is integrated into many parts of Northwestern’s week-long undergraduate student orientation program, Wildcat Welcome. Prior to orientation, sustainability is featured in the materials incoming families receive, including the magazine “March to the Arch.”

All students have access to an online green shopping list prior to arrival on campus. On move-in day, sustainNU coordinates a “sustainNU Crew” that helps families properly dispose of and recycle any waste, such as cardboard boxes.

Inside all residence halls, students find posters informing them about how to properly recycle on campus, as well as posters encouraging involvement in campus sustainability efforts. All new students are given reusable water bottles and encouraged to use these rather than purchasing bottled water. Water filling stations are provided at outdoor events during orientation.

sustainNU staff also participate in informational fairs throughout the week, including events for undergraduate students, graduate students, and parents and families. At these booths, students, faculty and staff can directly interact with the sustainability office, ask questions, learn about projects, programs and resources available to them.

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