Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 72.94
Liaison Trey McDonald
Submission Date Oct. 13, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of San Diego
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Alison Sanchirico
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 (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):

A Sustainability Orientation pamphlet is sent to all students, including new students, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students at the start of every semester. The packet contains simple guidelines for students to reduce their carbon footprints in various categories of daily life at USD.

A Pre-Orientation (P-O) Trip is organized by the Outdoor Adventures office that helps create awareness by the “Leave No Trace” principles. Other initiatives incorporate sustainability tours as part of their orientation programs, including introduction to USD’s solar panel systems for generating renewable energy, the Electronics Recycling Center, and recycling initiatives.

USD is committed to a Green Move-In and Move-Out experience. Resident Assistants educate students with flyers on what can be reused, saved, and recycled. Every dorm room is provided with a recycling bin.

The website URL where information about sustainability in student orientation is available:


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

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This information was current as of orientation 2016.

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