Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.21
Liaison Jeannie Matheison
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Idaho
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.61 / 2.00 Jeannie L. Matheison
Sustainability Center
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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 No

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):

Sustainability is incorporated prominently into three student orientation activities. These include:
• Reusable water bottles for incoming students: For almost ten years, the UI Sustainability Center has distributed stainless steel water bottles to incoming freshmen. Over the years many departments have co-supported this initiative, including: The Office of the Dean of Students, Greek Life, Latah County Commissioners, the Environmental Science Department, the Student Recreation Center, Facilities, and New Student Orientation.
• Volunteer opportunities: Freshmen participate in SYNC (Serving Your New Community), a morning filled with community service in and around Moscow. Students opt-in to volunteer for their first service project in conjunction with the ASUI Center for Volunteerism and Social Action, Orientation Programming and the Sustainability Center. Volunteers participate in tree planting, watershed restoration, park care, energy and water conservation efforts and much more. Website: https://www.uidaho.edu/current-students/student-involvement/volunteer/service/sync
• Introduction to sustainability-focused clubs and organizations: The Sustainability Center and student groups like the Environmental Science club, Oxfam, Students for People in the Environment, and Soil Stewards participate in in Palousafest. It's a "welcome!" to new students and a "welcome back!" to those returning to campus. It provides students the perfect opportunity to learn more about involvement opportunities at the University of Idaho and on the Palouse. Website: https://www.uidaho.edu/current-students/student-involvement/events/palousafest

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

Jerry McMurtry, Dean, College of Graduate Studies

Ashley Morehouse, Director, Orientation Programming

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