Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.12
Liaison Jenny McNamara
Submission Date Feb. 21, 2014
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Portland State University
ER-3: Sustainability in New Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Heather Spalding
Sustainability Leadership and Outreach Coordinator
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Does the institution include sustainability prominently in new student orientation?:

A brief description of how sustainability is included prominently in new student orientation:

PSU Sustainability has attended all student resource fairs for incoming students from 2008-2013. At these events, we provide sustainability and recycling information as well as an opportunity for new students to sign our sign up for opportunities and student newsletter. The video shown to all incoming students includes information about transportation options.

Each September,PSU Sustainability has a variety of tables at our annual Party in the Park. This event is held during new student week and exposes incoming students to student groups and departments on campus. We are able to provide similar resources to students as at orientations. This event is generally very effective for our offices.

We also provide composting at this event through PSU Recycles! The green bins make a great statement and expose new and returning students to our composting options.

During New Student Week (Viking Days), the Sustainability Leadership Center offers a variety of events. In fall 2013, these events were:

- Native Plant Walk and Talk
- Campus Sustainability Tour
- Sustainable Home Ec food preservation class
- Garden Work Party
- What's in your Everyday Products? workshop
- Portland Urban Hike

Other orientations initiatives:
- Sustainability staff offer a table at Move-in Weekend with Housing
- Sustainability information provided in all move-in packets
- Sustainability information included in campus tours
- Campus-wide email sent about PSU's Chinook Book app with coupons for local and sustainable businesses
- Sustainability resources and information included in Student Handbook (student planner)

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

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