Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.38
Liaison Olivia Shehan
Submission Date Nov. 13, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Wellesley College
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
2.00 / 2.00 Dorothea Von Herder
Sustainability Coordinator
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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 N/A - institution does not have graduate students

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):

The Office of Sustainability is a member of the First-Year Orientation planning committee and actively participates throughout the year. The Office reaches out to new students with a table at the orientation resource fair. It has also, in the past, organized a reusable water bottle for each new student. When students receive their water bottles, they are educated on the campus groundwater resources and their responsible management.

Each year the Office of Sustainability sits down with the organizers of the First-Year Orientation to propose new initiatives and projects which will help make the week-long Orientation a more sustainable event. For example, we work with food services to make meals environmentally friendly with less waste, consistent recycling, and compost bins.

On top of this, the first year student newsletter that the incoming students receive during the summer includes a description of the sustainable move-in rummage sale, a sustainable packing list and suggestions, and an overview of campus sustainability resources. The move-in sale encourages first years to buy reused items for their dorms instead of buying new ones, creating a more sustainable campus and increased environmental awareness.

Additionally, this year we will be hosting an educational recycling-sorting competition.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

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