Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.48
Liaison Amy Brunvand
Submission Date Oct. 21, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Utah
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 2.00 Ayrel Clark-Proffitt
Campus Engagement Manager
Sustainability Office
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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:
75

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

New and transfer undergraduate come to the university for two-day campus visits from late May to early August. The University of Utah Sustainability Office engages in multiple ways with incoming students’ orientation:
• Sustainability staff coach Orientation leaders on a wider range of programming and opportunities so the leaders can better answer student questions;
• During all tours, Orientation leaders highlight the location of the campus farmers market, bike parking, and the university’s first building with a path to be net neutral;
• Sustainability staff participate in all information sessions during orientations to help provide interested students with more detail about sustainability programming and values, with a particular emphasis on the campus farmers market and its Double Your Dollars program, a food security effort that provides $1-for-$1 matches for students to purchase more grocery items;
• Safe and sustainable transportation modes are included in the Transportation breakout session; Finally, sustainability is highlighted throughout New Student Orientation’s Parent & Family Handbook.

In 2019, the Sustainability and Orientation & Transition offices partnered to reduce waste at the annual New Student BBQ, held the Saturday before school begins. At the event:
• Food and beverage items, such as chips, lemonade, and condiments, were served in bulk;
• Organic waste was collected;
• All attendees received reusable silverware giveaways that include fork, spoon, knife, and chopsticks in a neoprene case.

The Sustainability Office also tables at International Student Orientation.


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

75% of entering students provided an opportunity to participate in orientation activities and programming that prominently include sustainability: Incoming graduate students are not required to attend orientation. However, all students attending orientation are provided an opportunity for this participation.

Access the Orientation Parent & Family Handbook at https://orientation.utah.edu/parents/Parent%20Family%20Handbook%202019.pdf.

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