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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 66.20
Liaison Kimberly Williams
Submission Date May 14, 2014
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STARS v1.2

George Washington University
SD-1: New Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete N/A Shannon Ross
Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Does new student orientation include presentations, speakers, or skits that address sustainability and take place in large venues that most or all first-year students attend?:
Yes

Provide a brief description of the presentations, speakers or skits:

Welcome videos feature sustainability information, and the skits performed for incoming students weave in themes of sustainability.


Does new student orientation incorporate sustainability information into presentations (e.g., made by Residential Advisors to individual dorm floors)?:
Yes

Provide a brief description of the presentations:

The Office of Sustainability organizes trainings for all house proctors to educate them on sustainable living. The proctors relay this information to their residents during all-floor meetings.


Does new student orientation actively engage students in activities that raise awareness about sustainability, highlight how sustainability plays out on campus, or allows students to take part in a productive green activity?:
Yes

Provide a brief description of the activities:

There are green tours of campus held during orientation and students are encouraged to volunteer in the gardens on campus. Additionally students learn about the various green student groups available to them.


Does the institution make new student orientation more sustainable via efforts such as a zero-waste meal or carbon offsets?:
Yes

Provide a brief description of the efforts:

The Office of Sustainability partners with the Colonial Inauguration team to try to make each event as sustainable as possible. Reducing bottled water use, ensuring proper recycling and highlighting sustainable transportation options such as bike-share and Metro are incorporated. Additionally students stay in the residence halls during orientation and information is left on their beds about recycling and conservation practices to participate in while they are staying in the rooms.


Does the institution incorporate sustainability into new student orientation in other ways?:
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