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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.62
Liaison Michael Kensler
Submission Date Jan. 11, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Auburn University
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Melissa Dunn
Assistant Director
First Year Experience Office
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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:
100

A brief description of how sustainability is included prominently in new student orientation:

Sustainability is included in activities and programming throughout orientation. Incoming students receive information from various offices and initiatives across campus through presentations, tabling events, the Auburn Guide phone application, and print publications. In addition, the new student orientation camp counselors receive training that includes presentations on sustainability-related initiatives and resources on campus. During the orientation program, Camp War Eagle (CWE), all students are together for three different presentations that cover different aspects of sustainability. 1) During the Welcome Session, sustainability-related features on campus such as the WEGL water stations are highlighted. All students were previously advised to bring a refillable water bottle to the orientation camp. 2) At the Be The Creed session incoming students hear from the Health Promotion and Wellness Center, the Student Conduct office, and the Department of Public Safety. These speakers touch on both societal and the individual well being aspects of sustainability. 3) Various social issues are addressed during an evening skit titled ‘Real World’. During CWE incoming students and their parents attend tabling sessions where they can get information from campus departments and offices at Auburn. In the realm of personal well being they find out about resources such as: the Women's Resource Center/WISE, Health Promotion and Wellness Center, Student Counseling Services, AU Medical Clinic, the Plains to Plate dining venue, other initiatives through Tiger Dining, and the Office of Public Safety. The Office of Accessibility and the Office of Diversity and Multi-Cultural Affairs provide services and information during orientation. In the area of transportation, students are given information about the Tiger Transit bus system and biking resources through Parking Services and the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. They receive information on recycling both in the residence halls and throughout campus. In addition, the Office of Sustainability is also there to share Auburn University’s commitment to sustainability, resources for alternative transportation, a packing guide, an action guide, and more. During the Student Involvement session students find out about community service opportunities, social and support groups available to students, and the learning communities. The learning communities focus in one of the following areas: campus life, career exploration, sustainability, health and wellness, leadership, and community engagement. Participants in the CWE are encouraged to use the Auburn Guides app to get connected with resources on campus. Both the CWE guide and the Successfully Orienting Students guide provide contact information for campus resources, many which are related to sustainability. In addition the Welcome Week guide has a schedule of all the events during the week, including the Sustainability Picnic. The Sustainability Picnic is open to all students. The purpose of the picnic is to connect incoming students with the student organizations and offices on campus related to sustainability. Students learn about Auburn University’s commitment to sustainability and various initiatives, resources, and activities throughout the year. All CWE participants receive the Tiger Transitions book in which the Office of Sustainability has a full page ad that encourages students to connect with the office, learn about sustainability, and engage with others. The CWE counselors spend all day with the incoming students. During their training the Office of Sustainability shares with them: Auburn’s commitment to sustainability, what sustainability is and why it matters, how students can get involved with sustainability at Auburn. In addition offices and programs present on: diversity and multicultural affairs, the University’s transit system, learning communities, sustainable dining options and initiatives, and physical and mental health resources.


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

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