Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.81
Liaison Christa Rieck
Submission Date Jan. 4, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Houston
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Michael Mendoza
Sustainability 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 (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):

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

The Office of Sustainability attends resource fairs and presents sustainability information at all new student orientations, transfer student orientations, the graduate student and professional fair, and the law center student orientation, among other orientation fairs directed to employees and faculty. In addition, the Office of Sustainability is prominently featured at the new student orientation conferences by hosting an interactive presentation to all new students. In 2017, a general sustainability video was shown at this conference, which defined sustainability, highlighted on-campus sustainability initiatives like academics, research, recycling, gardening, volunteer opportunities, renewable energy and more. In 2017, the Sustainability Manager introduced a new, engaging format to spark behavior change and student interest in sustainability through targeting social media marketing and smartphone app utilization.

Sustainable items are given to new students like reusable totes, drawstring bags, bottles and more.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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