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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 73.41
Liaison Fletcher Alexander
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2018
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STARS v2.1

California State University, Chico
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Fletcher Alexander
Sustainability Programs Manager
Institute for Sustainable Development
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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):
100

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

Summer Orientation runs sessions from June - August each year to introduce incoming freshman and transfer students to the Chico State campus (roughly 90% of incoming students attend a Summer 'O' session). The program offers day-long sessions that include a tour of campus, an introduction to student services and opportunities on campus, and academic advising sessions. The Summer Orientation groups are led by 30-40 student leaders who are recruited each Spring and go through a training program during late Spring / early Summer. Each year during one of their training sessions the Sustainability Programs Manager and/or the Associated Students Sustainability Coordinator give a 1 hour presentation to all of the Summer 'O' leaders about campus sustainability efforts, goals, and acheivements - highlighting opportunities for first year students to become involved. The student leaders are each given a free Zipcar membership and asked to point out the cars and discuss alternative transportation options during their tours. They are also given a free Klean Kanteen water bottle - which most carry with them while leading tours - and asked to point out the water-bottle refilling stations in the AS facilities and speak to why this small but highly-visible action is an important part of the day-to-day sustainability lifestyle so many Chico State students embrace. These tour leaders have a lot to cover during each session, but sustainability is given a prominent position as it is a big part of the culture on campus and a key value of the institution.


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