Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 79.45
Liaison Lindsey Kalkbrenner
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2020

STARS v2.2

Santa Clara University
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.68 / 2.00 Cara Uy
Sustainability Coordinator
Center for 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:
83.76

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

Undergraduate students learn about the University's commitment to sustainability throughout their orientation and from their Orientation Leaders. All Orientation Leaders are given a two hour-training by the Center for Sustainability about sustainability within academics, operations, engagement programs, and outreach. Students are explicitly exposed to sustainability during orientation programming:
Technology for Academic Success for Orientation includes a portion called "Additional Resources: Mission Sustainable." Students learn about how to reduce waste during printing, the Share Shelf to donate and reuse school supplies, as well as recycling.
Auxiliary Services’ session educates students about sustainable food options and encourages students to use smart powerstrips and EnergyStar electronics.
Students are required to take an online course on Camino. One of the "check-in" questions is: "Browse the Living Sustainably site created by the Center for Sustainability. Whether you are going to live on or off campus, what are some of the things you can do to integrate sustainability into your everyday life?"

The Welcome Packet previously distributed on paper is now distributed in PDF format and a "Guidebook" app is now used for orientation that provides a schedule on a mobile device to reduce printed schedules. In addition, the housing assignments and move in packet information, all previously printed and mailed to incoming students, are now available online and are no longer printed.

In addition, the Center for Sustainability makes announcements during lunch to explain to students how to properly dispose of their waste, especially because all the serviceware is compostable. In the afternoon, students also have the option to attend one of two sessions regarding sustainability on-campus. During the second day of Orientation, the Center for Sustainability has a booth for any first-year students to learn about sustainability initiatives and ways they can get involved.

Furthermore, the Center for Sustainability hosts a booth at the Law School Orientation's Information Fair to engage new students in sustainability at Santa Clara University. I

nternational graduate and law students are welcomed at two separate resource fairs, where we market our Bronco Surplus program, a donation-based, pop-up shop appears at the beginning of the school year for all students to find reusable goods. Food education, security, and systems are also discussed in detail with these incoming students, with reference to the Forge Garden.

New students at SCU's Jesuit School of Theology are provided information about recycling in the school building and the school residences.


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Calculation notes: Students provided an opportunity to participate in orientation activities and programming that prominently include sustainability = all students - (graduate business + ECP students).

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