Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.74
Liaison Carrie Metzgar
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of California, San Diego
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00 Jennifer Bowser
Sustainability Program Coordinator
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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 No
Transfer students No
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 :

The Colleges Business Office creates an orientation packet that includes materials from a variety of departments across campus. The Sustainability Programs Office submits a one page digital flyer highlighting the campus's sustainability tips, ways students get involved, conservation tips, link to take a virtual campus sustainability tour, recycling guidelines, website and social media channels. Prior to COVID-19, the Sustainability Resource Center was invited to table at orientation.

All entering graduate students to SIO receive a 15 minute introduction to Sustainability at Scripps. There are approximately 50 incoming grad students to SIO. Ways in which sustainability is included: 15-minute introduction to SIO Sustainability; zero-waste events throughout SIO Grad Student Orientation (all catering ware is compostable or recyclable, compost bins are available, all of this is emphasized to students...); and students receive sustainable 'welcome gifts', usually reusable totes, bamboo travel cutlery, reusable water bottles, etc.

The Resident Advisors (RA’s) for Freshman and Sophomores living on campus are educated about campus sustainability and conservation during their training process lead by UC San Diego’s Housing, Dining and Hospitality. The RA’s are then able to pass on sustainability information to new students living on campus during orientation and throughout the year. UC San Diego hosts “First Friday,” an annual event for new and returning students which highlights campus features, including sustainability efforts. Students can visit the Sustainability Resource Center as part of this annual event and partake in fun sustainable activities and win sustainable prizes. Each of our seven colleges conducts its own freshmen and transfer student orientation, and sustainability information is included via printed materials or events up to the discretion of the team of students and staff organizing these orientations. Staff and students from the Sustainability Programs Office table at as many of these college orientation events as possible.

UCSD Housing & Dining has its own sustainability manager who supervises our equivalent of an eco-rep program (EcoNauts) and does outreach throughout the year to students on sustainability while living on campus: https://hdh.ucsd.edu/sustainability/. EcoNaut programming fosters a culture of sustainability for on-campus residents and their residential experience. A green living guide was created a couple years ago, posted online. (https://hdhsustainability.ucsd.edu/_files/Green-Living-Guide.pdf) This gives students information about how to live sustainably on campus. Topics and tips include: energy and water conservation, sustainable foods, green cleaning, waste management and recycling procedures, and how to get involved in sustainability on campus. The EcoNauts and HDH Sustainability present to all RA/HAs during their summer training, providing an overview of sustainability on campus and in HDH, and engaging them in collaborations throughout the academic year to program for their residents.

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