Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.57
Liaison Jeff Spoelstra
Submission Date July 22, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Western Michigan University
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.56 / 2.00 Toni Woolfork-Barnes
Director of First Year Experience Programs
First Year Experience
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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:

New student orientation:
1. The Orientation program has included the Office for Sustainability (OfS) as a permanent part of its tour route. Each student attending Orientation via the tour is exposed to the physical location of the office, an OfS staff member who provides specific information about the Office; campus sustainability projects and information about the EcoMugs that each first-year student receives during Fall Welcome prior to the start of fall semester.
2.The OfS provides training and talking points for the Orientation Student Leaders, who are tasked with sharing key points about WMU’s sustainability efforts.
3. Information about sustainability is also included in the Orientation ‘Bronco Way’ theater production that each student attends.

Transfer student orientation:
1. OfS hosts a table at all Transfer Transition Program (TTP) sessions and Spring Orientation (SO).
2. At the end of each TTP and SO session, students and guests view the OfS award winning video prior to dismissal.
3. Student ambassadors incorporate discussion of sustainability features while taking students and guests on tours.
4. A short message is included in emails regarding use of electronic communication versus mail and printing of posters, etc.

Orientation that prominently includes sustainability is not currently available to incoming graduate students.

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

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