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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 Gold
Overall Score 67.35
Liaison Laurie Husted
Submission Date June 9, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Bard College
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.90 / 2.00 Laurie Husted
Sustainability Manager
Bard Office of Sustainability (BoS)
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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 No

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):
95

A brief description of how sustainability is included prominently in new student orientation (including how multiple dimensions of sustainability are addressed):

Students take a Sustainability Pledge before they arrive on campus. First years are immediately engaged with the EcoRep program through the pledge, and sustainability co-curricular programming during the Language & Thinking program. Mason jars are made available to all first years. We use an "S" demarcation in the New Student Orientation manual to denote sustainable activities. Examples of sustainability activities that occur during Orientation include film screenings, a guided bike trip to the nearest village and farm stand, meal supported by the Bard Farm and local farmers, etc. The Bard Office of Sustainability also submits a full page advertisement for upcoming yearly sustainability-related items. New student arrivals (non-first years) are personally contacted and connected with resources for sustainable living on campus. They are provided the opportunity to engage further in the office of sustainability initiatives and/or any student-driven project. All students who reside on campus are exposed to sustainability initiatives and measures that pertain to residences and public use buildings.


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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.