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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 68.76
Liaison Kimberly Williams
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2015
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STARS v2.0

George Washington University
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Shannon Ross
Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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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:

GW's orientation program, Colonial Inauguration (CI), takes place in June. Incoming Freshman register to attend one of four two-and-a-half day sessions on campus. They then return to campus in the fall for the start of school.

Sustainability is featured at CI in several ways. During the opening videos shown to all students, a welcome from the Office of Sustainability showcases how students can get involved once they arrive on campus. This video message highlights GW's commitment to sustainability and makes a direct appeal to students to get involved. The Office of Sustainability also partners with orientation organizers to ensure that meals and activities are conducted with sustainability in mind. The Office also provides information to each student in their residence hall room about recycling, water and electricity while they are on campus.

At the CI Activities Fair, student engagement interns from the Office of Sustainability provide information about programs available to incoming freshmen. There are also tours of campus that highlight many of the campus' green features. The new pan-university, interdisciplinary, sustainability minor for undergraduates is also previewed during the majors fair that all students attend.

During Welcome Week (the week prior to the start of classes) similar engagement activities are conducted. During Welcome Week students are encouraged to sign-up to serve as Eco-Reps and learn about the fall Eco-Challenge competition. There are also opportunities to register for green-themed student groups, volunteer in the garden and take green campus tours. Everyone is given a water bottle, to promote the use of reusable water bottles on campus.

Early in the fall term- usually the first week -- a sustainability open house is held at the student center to provide students the opportunity to learn more about sustainability activities on campus. Representatives of organizations related to sustainability (e.g., Food Justice Alliance) have tables and share their organization's work. Faculty and staff engaged in sustainability also attend to meet students and answer their questions.

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

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