Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.76
Liaison Richard Johnson
Submission Date Oct. 13, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Rice University
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Nimi Oyeleye
Summer Intern
Administrative Center for Sustainability and Energy Management
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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):

The orientation book distributed to all incoming students (including transfer students) during the summer of 2015 for the fall 2015 semester contains a two-page feature on Sustainability at Rice. The feature included a description of Rice’s student environmental organizations, academic and administrative centers devoted to sustainability, and a 7-point series of tips for living green at Rice. To reduce the amount of single-use plastic bottle waste, new students are also provided with their own reusable water bottles.

During graduate student orientation, all graduate students are provided the opportunity to go to a panel about sustainability. The panel in 2014 and 2015 focused on bicycle safety and alternative modes of transportation. Additionally, all graduate students who live in the Rice Village Apartments and Rice Graduate Apartments (about 450 people) are required to undergo an orientation which includes how to recycle, how to procure renewable electricity (residents are individually metered and select their own retail electric providers), alternative transportation options, locations of bicycle storage and infrastructure in the buildings, and energy management basics. Included in this are videos about recycling policies in the buildings.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

A pdf of the Sustainability at Rice feature in the orientation guide is available upon request to sustainability@rice.edu.

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