Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 75.64
Liaison Yolanda Cieters
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Seattle University
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Phillip Thompson
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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):

For undergraduate orientation, all first-years are required to attend the Orientation Advisors’ Cabaret which features a skit on how to properly sort food waste, recyclables and trash, and they give tips such as using a reusable mug.

Students who are living on campus receive information from their RAs about correctly sorting waste in residence halls when they first move to campus.

During Welcome Week, several orientation activities are organized, some of which focus specifically on sustainability and environmental awareness. In September 2017, the sustainability-focused activities were:
--An urban excursion: sustainability tour including the Bullitt Center (world's greenest commercial building located a few blocks from SU campus) and SU's composting facility
--A campus garden work party with student club "Food with Spirit"
--Movie screening of "Chasing Coral"

On of the main events during Welcome Week is SU's Involvement Fair, where all student clubs are present to promote their work, programs, and actions on campus to new students at SU. In September 2017, there were 8-12 sustainability focused clubs present at the fair, showcasing their work around environmental justice and sustainability.

Read more: https://www.seattleu.edu/orientation/welcome-week/

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