Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.94
Liaison Dennis Cochrane
Submission Date Dec. 19, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Virginia Tech
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Karlee Siepierski
Campus Sustainability Planner
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 (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):

Beginning in 2009, sustainability has been prominently featured in New Student Orientation. The Office of Sustainability and the student group Environmental Coalition joined together to participate in the 2009 New Student Orientation Hokie Resource Fair, which introduced incoming freshman, transfer students, and their parents to Virginia Tech’s many student organizations, including all sustainability initiatives.

In 2010 New Student Orientation was restructured to streamline the information provided to incoming students. Campus organizations and departments were invited to participate in Gobblerfest on the first Friday of the fall semester, instead of the Hokie Resource Fair. Gobblerfest is a welcome festival for students, staff, faculty, and community members to learn more about Virginia Tech and the Town of Blacksburg community, find ways to get involved with student organizations, volunteer opportunities, campus events, and what local businesses have to offer.

The Office of Sustaianability has had a booth at Gobblerfest to promote Virginia Tech’s ongoing sustainability initiatives and sustainability-related student organizations on campus every year since 2010.

To ensure that sustainability was still prominently featured in the 2010 New Student Orientation events, the Office of Sustainability partnered with the Student Government Association (SGA) to train the 2010 New Student Orientation Leaders about the importance of sustainability at Virginia Tech, the ongoing sustainability initiatives, and ways that new students could get involved. Additionally, the 2010 SGA president, Bo Hart, included remarks about sustainability in his speech during New Student Orientation.

The Office of Sustainability continues to train the new student orientation leaders every summer. In summer 2016, the office had the opportunity to facilitate a sustainability training with the New Student Orientation Leaders and the Transfer Student Orientation Leaders, partnerships that we intend to continue. The Office of Sustainability partnered with Dining Services Sustainability and the YMCA to present a more holistic presentation about all sustainability initiatives on campus.

The Office of Sustainability also had the opportunity to present to the Cranwell International Center's Global Ambassadors program in the summer of 2016. Global Ambassadors serve as peer mentors and leaders for all new incoming international students. We plan to continue this partnership in future years.

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