Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.63
Liaison Melissa Maigler
Submission Date July 30, 2014
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Stanford University
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Moira Hafer
Sustainability Specialist
Office of Sustainability
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The percentage of 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:

Prior to arriving on campus, all incoming and transfer students are emailed a digital copy of the "Student Sustainable Living Guide,” a helpful overview of Stanford's sustainability programs and practical advice on how to save energy & water and reduce waste on campus. The guide includes an opening letter co-signed by Office of Sustainability leadership that describes why Stanford considers sustainability to be a key component of the university’s mission and the overall Stanford experience.

All freshmen participate in a zero waste lunch during New Student Orientation. Boxed lunches that include only compostable and recyclable materials are prepared for all students. At the zero waste lunch students learn details about waste reduction efforts at Stanford, including how to compost and recycle successfully on campus. Student volunteers station themselves at each compost and recycle bin to ensure waste is sorted and disposed of properly. In addition, informational booths run by sustainability staff members provide more information about sustainability on campus and are available for student questions throughout the event.

The website URL where information about sustainability in student orientation is available:

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