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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 66.74
Liaison joni newcomer
Submission Date Jan. 26, 2017
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New Mexico State University
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 joni newcomer
Mgr. Env. Policy and Sustainability
Facilities and Services
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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):

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

The Office of Sustainability (OoS) is very active during new student orientation programs.
1. During the summer, students and families attend orientation and the OoS has a booth during these events where we educate students and their families about sustainability and engage them in activities where they can win prizes for interacting with the sustainability education table.
2.Move-in Day occurs the Sunday before classes begin and OoS has a booth with games and prizes: recycled plastic/BPA-free bottles to be re-used during the school year, bamboo pens, locally-made organic lip balm, and "Aggie Up! Power Down" stickers for their light switches reminding them to turn off their lights. We often share the booth with the Environmental Health and Safety Office, as well as the Recycling Department and the Stormwater Management office. The students are educated on how they can make a difference and be green at NMSU and beyond.
3. AggieFest is an orientation the third week of school that gives the students of all grade levels the same attention by educating them on being a “Green Aggie”.
4. Tabling is also done through various department orientations during the first month of school (Chicano Programs, International/Study Abroad office, Student Services, etc.).
5. Our Dining Services consultant, Sodexo, is very involved in our new student orientations as well. They do tabling during the events described above and provide information on campus dining sustainability programs for parents and students, reminding students that one of the Office of Sustainability's initiatives is Food and Health.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

https://newscenter.nmsu.edu/stories/view/255/aggie-fest - picture from an Aggie Fest in 2014. Aggie Fest occurs every fall semester to welcome students to campus.

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