Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 63.21
Liaison Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Submission Date June 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Wisconsin-River Falls
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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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 :

UWRF Sustainability and Custodial Supervisor, Mark Klapatch, is a member of the WOW (Weeks of Welcome) committee. He works with other campus contacts to incorporate sustainability into orientation activities. The Office of Sustainability staffs a table during new student and transfer student registration to share information about campus sustainability. Topics include, but are not limited to, recycling instructions, the surplus program, tips for a green room and green events.

During new student move in, sustainability student and staff volunteers are stationed at the dumpsters to help people break down boxes and get items in the correct containers.

Additionally, Dining Services held tours and events that all students were encouraged to attend where members of the dining services staff talked about the sustainability features of dining which included nutrition, healthy eating, and decreasing food waste.

Some specific events that highlight sustainability efforts on campus that are a part of our orientation activities include:

-Involvement Fair - highlights ways to get involved with sustainability efforts on campus.
-Self-Care Fair - promotes sustaining yourself with a variety of resources
-City Sampler - connects students to local resources
-Questival - city wide adventure race with several sustainability focused activities and or locations.
-Office of Sustainability Open House- encourages people to come to the office and get familiar with our efforts.

Lastly, all new students including transfer students and graduate students received a handbook which had campus sustainability information and resources.

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