|Submission Date||Feb. 25, 2016|
University of California, Merced
EN-2: Student Orientation
Coordinator of the Yosemite Leadership Program
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:
Each fall new students attend the Ascend New Student Success Conference which includes a number of sustainability-related topics, such as Rethink Recycling and The Benefits of Joining a Professional Engineering Organization (including Engineers for a Sustainable World). Campus leaders at other presentations throughout the day reference sustainability in the context of wellness and its importance to our campus. Sustainability leaders from campus such as the Recycling Coordinator guide a sustainable lunch experience. All the food is locally sourced and sustainably grown. All of the waste is diverted to compost or recycling, and the attendees play an active role in making this happen.
Additionally, the campus began the Transcend student transfer program last year, which is a student orientation program designed for transfer students. Prior to Transcend, transfer students participated in the Ascend program.
The website URL where information about sustainability in student orientation is available:
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