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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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STARS v2.1

New Mexico State University
EN-8: Employee Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.70 / 1.00 joni newcomer
Mgr. Env. Policy and Sustainability
Facilities and Services
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Percentage of new employees (faculty and staff) that are offered orientation and/or outreach and guidance materials that cover sustainability topics (0-100):

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

NMSU uses a multi-stage approach to new employee orientation. New employees are initially oriented to their department by department management. A standardized department on-boarding and orientation checklist was created to ensure that new personnel receive a consistent orientation at the department level, training and professional development is supported, and that key information specific to their job, is also incorporated by the department supervisor. This orientation incorporates various elements of sustainability including: safety; staff training and development; campus sustainability program; ethics; employment related civil rights; Federal compliance items; and health and wellness. A 3-minute “Sustainability Staff Orientation” video is shown as part of the orientation. Environmental Health and Safety also provides training to new employees. Specific training for new students and faculty is conducted at the beginning of each semester. These include lab safety, hazardous waste disposal, and bicycle safety. A 3-minute “Sustainability Staff Orientation” video is also shown during these specific classes for new faculty and staff and a handout of sustainability tips for new employees is distributed. The Sustainability Manager, joni newcomer, presented this at the 2012 AASHE conference in Los Angeles.

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The 3-minute sustainability video was created by a student, Jared Dial, and the manager of the Office of Sustainability in 2011. It is still current and shown to new employees.

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