Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.00
Liaison Jonna Korpi
Submission Date Nov. 4, 2019
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University of Minnesota, Duluth
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jonna Korpi
Sustainability Activities Coordinator
UMD 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):

During Bulldog Welcome Week, students have the opportunity to select from a wide variety of workshops to help introduce them to campus. The Office of Sustainability consistently offers workshops -- typically an overview of sustainability operations on campus as well as opportunities to get involved through sustainability activities. The Office of Sustainability also trains the Bulldog Welcome Week student staff and Housing Resident Assistants around waste sorting (proper composting, recycling, and landfill disposal) so that they can share that information with the incoming student groups. Incoming students typically receive reusable water bottles when they arrive and are introduced to the the many water bottle filling stations around campus during their events -- promoting the ethic of reuse and reducing single-use item waste. Attendees also participate in low-waste meals and other activities (energy pledges, eco-movies, green water bottle give-aways, and re-uasable backpack bags.)

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

UMD Sustainability Office staff and students work directly with the Kirby Student Center Bulldog Welcome Week team to help plan events. At the beginning of the weekend, the attendance nears 98%, and near the end of the event, it wanes to around 89 - 90%.

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