Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.80
Liaison Corey Peterson
Submission Date June 2, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Tasmania
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Sustainability Team
UTAS
Infrastructure Services and Development
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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:
100

A brief description of how sustainability is included prominently in new student orientation :

Sustainability is now a central theme for the University during Orientation for new students. With COVID restrictions in place most Orientation week activities are now run online for new students. Each Semester the Sustainability Team runs two events: Sustainability at the University and Climate Active Students.
The first online event, provides news students with an introduction to the Sustainability Team, opportunities for students to get involved in projects and apply for internships and placements. The event is often run with a panel, including both staff and student members of the Sustainability Team so that new students can meet and hear from different members of the team about the range of opportunities available to them.
Climate Active Students is hosted by the University's Senior Sustainability Officer that oversees the University's carbon neutral certification, and provides new students with an introduction to how students and staff are involved in climate change projects, how we become a certified carbon neutral university and divested from fossil fuel investments, as well as the University's student union's journey to become 100% on-site renewably powered. Information about opportunities for student projects and student groups to join is also shared.
At the end of each online session there is time for a Q&A session with staff and students. All new students who register for the events are added to the Sustainability Team's mailing list and are able to receive future newsletters and Sustainability Bulletins which include events for students to join and case study stories about sustainability projects. The events also promote the University's virtual Sustainability Tour and the Sustainability @ UTAS podcast series so that students can explore sustainability initiatives and learn more.


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