Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 86.83
Liaison Mark Lichtenstein
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2023

STARS v2.2

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Lexi Chipules
Campus Facilities Wellness Manager
Office of 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 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 :

1) Staff members from the Office of Sustainability speak to all new students during Orientation Week. The sustainability efforts covered in orientation are presented in the context of social, environmental, and economic aspects of sustainability, as well as relevant curriculum, research, and extra curricular programs related to sustainability that students can participate in while attending ESF. During this time the Sustainability Pledge is discussed.

2) Students are also given a free, collapsible bowl to use at all events at ESF to be waste free, sponsored by the Mighty Oak Student Assembly (the student government); thus, the concept of bringing your mug, cups, utensils, etc. is instilled immediately at ESF.

3) During orientation, all new students are required to participate in the "Saturday of Service," and faculty and staff are invited to attend as well. Throughout the day, participants hear from a speaker (typically focused on a sustainability concept), perform outdoor cleanup, remove invasive species at parks around Syracuse, and engage in other similar service activities.

Videos created by the Office of Sustainability for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 virtual orientation can be found below. These videos are still available for students to reference at any time.

- Chief Sustainability Officer Welcome: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmM_bs_DcYY
- SustainabiliTEAM (student club) Welcome: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5X-y8uMrRoo
- Green Campus Initiative (student club) Welcome: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrzWsHxOhkc
- Sustainability On and Off Campus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85s9lCShjuk
Initiatives at ESF: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgCZvkqHLvM
Ways to Get Involved: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2COepTc-d0
- Graduate Student Colloquium video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wyz9HuAeLpo

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

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