Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.24
Liaison Paul Scanlon
Submission Date Feb. 22, 2019
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Slippery Rock University
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Paul Scanlon
Special Assistant to the President
President's Office/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 (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):
As part of SRU's orientation activities, a flyer insert describing SRU's sustainability programs and resources is provided in the "Successful Learning: A Guide to First Year Studies (FYRST)" handbook provided to all incoming freshman, and includes information about:
- SRU sustainability programs; our climate commitment, and the Office of Sustainability vision and mission statements;
- sustainable internship opportunities and clubs;
- links to other online sustainability resources
- sustainability website (www.sru.edu/sustainability)
- sustainability facebook page (Sustainability@sru.edu), and
- sustainability Twitter feed (@SRUsustain).

In 2018, a Green Fund Grant enabled the Office of Sustainability to provide all incoming residence hall students with a ChicoBag reusable shopping bag made from recycled single-use plastic water bottles. Accompanying the bag was an informational bookmark (created by an environmental education graduate assistant) explaining why eliminating the use of single-use thin-film grocery store bags is so important to the environment.

Sustainability is also promoted through events such as the September Clubs & Organizations Fair on the Quad, where student interns from the Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator staff a table and educate students about sustainability and the Triple Bottom Line.

The Director of Sustainability also provides a "Sustainability 101" presentation to all new incoming student interns at the Sustainability Enterprise Accelerator, and includes an update on SRU's progress in meeting our climate commitment goal of achieving carbon neutrality by the year 2037.

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