Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 77.34
Liaison Sally DeLeon
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Maryland, College Park
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Tanvi Gadhia
Outreach Coordinator
Environmental Safety, Sustainability, and Risk
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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 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 Orientation Office has made great strides to infuse sustainability into the New Student Orientation Program. During Orientation information fairs throughout the summer, the Office of Sustainability and Recycling programs share an informational table. The Orientation Office also explains the environmental benefits of campus green initiatives so that all new students learn that environmental stewardship is part of the culture of the University of Maryland. Composting and compost education is a major focus for the orientation program. Students eat lunch inside of university dining halls where they learn about the compost program. At the President’s New Student Welcome BBQ, students experience a Zero Waste event with signage and educators at the waste bins assisting with waste sorting and instructions. Students are introduced to sustainability during residential community welcome events. They are also provided a portable reusable bag with the sustainability logo if on the Anytime Dining Plan.

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