Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.74
Liaison Kristyn Achilich
Submission Date May 11, 2021

STARS v2.2

Saint Michael's College
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.82 / 2.00 Kristyn Achilich
Director and Instructor
Center for the Environment; Education
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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 No

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 :

At Orientation, first years and transfers are divided into smaller groups with Orientation Leaders to integrate them into the community. Over a period of three days, Orientation Leaders participate in various activities/info session/chat sessions with the new students. Sustainability is one of many topics that are discussed (with an emphasis on zero-waste program and how various items are disposed of: landfill, recycling, food scraps). During their first night on campus, Resident Assistants (RAs) hold a floor meeting in which they go over proper sorting of materials (each floor has a trash/recycling/food scrap collection area). Prior to Orientation, at least one Eco-Rep along with the Director of the Center for the Environment meets with Orientation Leaders. They review sustainability efforts on campus, including Vermont laws which require recycling and composting, and the prohibition of single use plastics. They also describe the processes of recycling and composting on campus.

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