Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.44
Liaison Mike Wilson
Submission Date Jan. 29, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Victoria
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00
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The percentage of 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:

Staff from the Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability had a key role at the President's Welcome BBQ in presenting information to students about various sustainability initiatives on campus. In addition to the information table, the event was a close to Zero-Waste as possible, with brown bag lunches being provided containing only recyclable or compostable material. UVic Zero Waste Stations were provided for the event to facilitate appropriate waste disposal.

In addition to the efforts at the president's BBQ, a Sustainability week was held from October 7, 2013 through October 11, 2013. This week included a "Do It In the Dark" Jam Session on October 8th. This involved people doing musical performances with low lights and our electric candles. Musical amps and equipment were hooked up to the energy meters to show people how much power we used for the event.

The event also included a Dinner in the Dark on October 9 while people ate dinner. We had the lights low and the candles set up. We also had sustainability discussion questions on each table that we encouraged diners to participate in by writing answers on recycled paper.

On October 10 we had a Sustainability Fair in the Cadboro Commons where we gave out extra compost bins for people not in cluster, had a potted plant in res workshop, and finally, the week we also had some passive contests to encourage people to use reusable mugs.

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

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