Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 79.39
Liaison Yolanda Cieters
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Seattle University
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Yolanda Cieters
Sustainability Manager
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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:

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

• 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.

• All orientation advisors receive a training that includes a presentation by SU’s Sustainability Manager and Recycling Coordinator. The OAs bring this information to the students they work with during the “Summer in Seattle” months.

• A “Summer in Seattle 2019” newspaper was provided to incoming freshmen in 2019 which included ample information about sustainability at SU.

• During Welcome Week, several orientation activities are organized, some of which focus specifically on sustainability and environmental awareness.
--“Trash Talk”: each day of Welcome Week at the main cafeteria to introduce new students at SU on “what goes where” (compost, recycling, landfill). This is an initiative by CEJS, SU Facilities (Recycling shop) and the sustainability representatives in res halls.
--One 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 2019, there were 5-7 sustainability focused clubs present at the fair, showcasing their work around environmental justice and/or sustainability.

NOTE: several of the above events were not organized in Fall 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Website URL where information about sustainability in student orientation is available:

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