Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 63.76
Liaison Mark Youndt
Submission Date March 10, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Skidmore College
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Levi Rogers
Director of Sustainability Programs and Assessment
Sustainability Office
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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 N/A - institution does not have graduate students

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 Pre-orientation Experience for Agricultural Sustainability (PEAS) allows students to explore agricultural and food sustainability at Skidmore and in the surrounding community. Three student leaders lead the program.

Days are filled with planting and harvesting in the Skidmore Community Garden, visiting and volunteering at farms in the Saratoga area, and preparing a dinner with locally sourced food. Students also meet the Dining Hall staff, learn about where Skidmore's food comes from and discover ways to increase local, fair, ecologically sound and humane food on campus.

First-year students and new transfer students are required to stop at the Skidmore Community Garden during Skidmore Exploremore, one of our orientation programs that introduce new students to important campus resources. During the garden visit, students speak with staff from the Sustainability Office about student programs, campus initiatives, and engagement opportunities at the College.

All first-year students and transfer students receive a reusable mug that includes an insert informing readers of Skidmore's commitment to sustainability and directs students to other resources about Skidmore's campus sustainability efforts.

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