Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 84.41
Liaison Patrick McKee
Submission Date March 26, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Connecticut
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Richard Miller
Director
Ofice of Environmental Policy
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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 (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):
100

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

For the second year in a row, the UConn Bookstore hosted UConn's LED desk lamp giveaway for all incoming students, held during first-year move-in days. This promotion is funded mostly by UConn's energy provider/electric utility company, Eversource, as part of its ratepayer-based conservation and load management program. Students were given free LED desklamps and handouts outlining the environmental benefits of LED vs. Incandescent/CFL bulbs in addition to information on campus sustainability at UConn.
https://ecohusky.uconn.edu/2017/08/31/shrinkyourdormprint-uconn/

At the start of the 2016-17 academic year, Dining Services gave out reusable water bottles to all first-year students. Each bottle included an educational insert about the benefits or a reusable water bottle vs. single use disposable bottles. This was part of a broader three-year outreach campaign called "Think Outside the Bottle" wherein UConn created a website with educational information about this issue. Meanwhile, the campus gradually installed a growing number of reusable water bottle refilling stations at locations across campus.
https://ecohusky.uconn.edu/bottled-versus-tap-water/

Also held in the beginning of the semester is the school involvement fair which helps students get involved on campus. The involvement fair is UConn’s largest free event open to all students, faculty, and staff. Over 600 student organizations and university programs participate in the fair held on Fairfield Way, the heart of campus. A section of the fair is dedicated to environmental groups on campus. Many clubs and organizations such as EcoHusky, Office of Environmental Policy, and Spring Valley Student Farm table in this area to introduce students to environmental issues and ways to get involved. The EcoHusky homepage and facebook page contain a large amount of sustainability information and resources for new students.

Additionally, in the late spring, the Director and the Sustainability Coordinators of the Office of Environmental Policy train University Orientation leaders on sustainability activities and green campus features for the orientation program, including the walking tour of the campus. As part of the tour, the students and parents stop in front of a sustainability wall mural (near the model dorm room) that gives an overview of campus sustainability initiatives and programs. The wall has become a feature on the campus tours. It is located near McMahon dining hall, which was recently certified LEED-gold. The dining hall’s LEED features (along with the several other LEED certified buildings on campus) are also discussed with incoming students and their parents.

There are also many aspects of social sustainability discussed at orientation. Every student is taught the importance of tolerance, honesty, and safety on a college campus through various workshops, speakers and videos.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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OEP and EcoHusky social media also provide good entry-level information to help orient students about sustainability issues, activities and events at UConn
https://www.facebook.com/uconnoep
https://www.instagram.com/uconnoep/
https://twitter.com/uconnoep

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