Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.29
Liaison Ezra Small
Submission Date Feb. 17, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Massachusetts Amherst
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.54 / 2.00 Ezra Small
Sustainability Manager
Physical Plant
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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 :

Sustainability is prominently featured in the UMass "Guide to the U" online document that is required reading for new student orientation (first-years and transfer students). Sustainability has it's own category in the Guide located in Section 4 of the Guide called "Living in Community". Here is the plain text of what is featured in this section of the Guide:

"UMass, an Okanagan Charter health-promoting institution signatory, is a campus that takes sustainability seriously with a plan to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2032 through UMass Carbon Zero; 10 megawatts of solar power generated on campus; 4 campus permaculture gardens; a local, healthy food initiative; 6 Valley Bike stations; more than 400 sustainability courses taught on campus; and a massive New2U tag sale during Fall move-in.

It takes all of us doing our part to make a difference, including you. As an engaged member of our community, it is your responsibility to: live and dine sustainability, follow campus policies regarding waste and recycling, learn more about sustainable resources, and get involved in sustainability by taking a class or joining a club related to sustainability.

Use the I button to add 12 important sustainability resources to your items of interest.

URLs for resources:
UMass Carbon Zero - https://www.umass.edu/carbon-neutrality/
Dining Sustainability Efforts - https://umassdining.com/sustainability
Local UMass - https://www.localumass.com/
Permaculture Initiative - https://www.localumass.com/permaculture.html
Sustainability Courses - https://www.umass.edu/sustainability/sustainability-classes#/classes
Sustainability Academic Program Finder - https://www.umass.edu/ses/program-finder
Sustainability Student Groups - https://www.umass.edu/sustainability/campus-living-student-activities/sustainable-student-organizations
Valley Bike Share- https://www.valleybike.org/
Sustainability Idea Funding - https://www.umass.edu/sustainability/campus-living-student-activities/idea-funding
Make Zero Your Hero Waste Sorting Guide and Game - https://read.bookcreator.com/AZx0OjXMWEZw5VKAQgepn5SugLG3/k_0Yc6alQfiYQ_arIrSEHw
New2U Move-In Tag Sale - https://www.umass.edu/sustainability/waste-recycling/green-events/new2u-sustainable-move-out
Sustainable UMass ScholarWorks - https://scholarworks.umass.edu/sustainableumass/

Website URL where information about sustainability in student orientation is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Number of enrolled First year UGrad students Fall 22: 5571
Number of enrolled Transfers Fall 22: 1003
Number of enrolled Grad students Fall 22: 2003
Total: 8577

Data from: https://www.umass.edu/uair/sites/default/files/publications/glance/FS_gla_01.pdf

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