Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.78
Liaison Lisa Mitten
Submission Date March 8, 2018
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STARS v2.1

State University of New York at New Paltz
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.94 / 2.00 Lisa Mitten
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Campus 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 No

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):
47

A brief description of how sustainability is included prominently in new student orientation (including how multiple dimensions of sustainability are addressed):

Incoming transfer students have opportunities to learn about and get involved with sustainability during their orientation lunch break. Right before lunch, transfer students are encouraged to visit a sustainability network table to donate any unopened, uneaten food from their boxed lunches (wrapped sandwiches, cookies, chips, fruit, drinks, condiments etc.). A Sustainability Ambassador sits at this table, collects the food, and provides an opportunity for students to have a conversation about sustainability and to get information about food waste, the campus food pantry, sustainability initiatives on campus, opportunities to get involved, sustainability student organizations, sustainability majors/minors/courses etc. There is a zero waste station with three bins (landfill, mixed recycling, and compost) where students are taught how to properly separate their waste and how to continue to do so on campus.

For fall orientation, all incoming students, including first-years and transfer students, attend a Jump Start Your Semester program during which all students learn about sustainability during a 10-minute long talk with Campus Sustainability Coordinator Lisa Mitten.


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