Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.89
Liaison Eva Rocke
Submission Date June 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Montana
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
2.00 / 2.00 Madeleine Jones
ASUM Sustainability Coordinator
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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 :

Student orientation at the University of Montana includes the following activities, which taken together amount to prominent inclusion of sustainability. All of the events and activities listed below include transfer, graduate, and non-traditional students. Transfer students who are not required to attend on-campus orientation are still given the opportunity to experience UM sustainability through WelcomeFeast and the campus tours.

- Sustainability staff and student groups tabling at Orientation events, including during WelcomeFeast, Move-In week, the BEAR Fair, and in the University Center (student union) during orientation week. The Office of Sustainability and the ASUM Sustainability Center provide educational materials, interactive displays, and opportunities for involvement for all students participating in orientation.

- The WelcomeFeast is an outdoor meal coordinated by UM Dining's Farm to College program that features locally-sourced food and an opportunity to learn more about the program. UM Dining invites the farmers and ranchers who provide the ingredients for the dinner to come speak during the meal and to meet campus members. Compost, recycling, and landfill containers are clearly labeled and prominently featured as it is a zero waste event. The UM Dining program conducts outreach during the event as well, inviting students to explore internships, the two on-site gardens, and introducing them to the Farm to College program.

- Throughout Orientation week, campus sustainability tours are offered in conjunction with regular campus tours. Any student, parent, or UM affiliate is invited to join the tours which cover renewable energy projects, the campus gardens, resource recovery efforts, grounds management practices, the university's Tree Campus designation, and sustainable transportation options. Bike tours highlighting commuter routes and providing information on safe biking habits are also provided.

-First-year new students have the opportunity to participate in a Big Sky experience, which is a two day immersive experience within the community. One of the areas of focus is environment and sustainability.

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

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