Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.17
Liaison Ryan Kmetz
Submission Date July 26, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Maryland, Baltimore County
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 2.00
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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 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 office of sustainability is included in the Retriever Roundup portion of orientation. This portion of orientation day is designed to allow new students to "reconnect with your family and friends while enjoying some light refreshments and being able to chat one-on-one with UMBC community members."

During the Retriever Round up the office of sustainability engages with incoming students (first year and undergraduate transfer students) and provides them with various pieces of information related to sustainability on campus. We specifically address: how to conserve energy, proper waste management, food insecurity, how to get more involved, and where to learn more.

Furthermore, the Office of Sustainability is included with many First-Year Experience (FYE) courses. FYE courses are small, active-learning, discussion-based seminars with a focus on connecting academic work and co-curricular opportunities. Students enrolled in FYE course’s connect with faculty, staff, and peers who are supportive of new students, as they learn how the academic expectations of the University may differ from their prior educational experiences. We know that students bring their previous experiences with them when they join the UMBC community, and we acknowledge this by providing a variety of different types of seminars. These courses meet or are connected to, discipline-specific courses that meet General Education or major requirements while also supporting students in the transition to the university. FYE courses often focus on various aspects of campus sustainability and include guest lectures from the campus sustainability staff and a campus sustainability scavenger hunt.

Website URL where information about sustainability in student orientation is available:
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