STARS Information:

  • Credit Rationale: This credit recognizes institutions that include sustainability in orientation activities and programming.
  • Environmental Benefits: Including sustainability in student orientation demonstrates that sustainability is an institutional goal and encourages students to adopt sustainable habits in their new school environments. Orientation sets the tone for the campus experience.
  • Scoring: Institutions earn 2 points for meeting the criteria outlined above.

Going Green

CSU Channel Islands Sustainability in New Student Orientation Summary:

Beginning in the summer of 2007, two Island View Orientation administrative processes were migrated to an online format to decrease use of paper as well as materials used for printing and mailing. The hard copy registration form was replaced by an online registration system. An online Pre-Orientation Homework replaced a hard copy mailing of nine documents containing information necessary for students to preparation for orientation. Beginning summer 2008, plastic water bottles for each participant were distributed at check-in in lieu of disposable water bottles at each meal. The water bottles were branded with the New Student Center phone number which provided additional marketing of the Center to incoming students. Beginning summer of 2009, in an effort to promote sustainability and meet the need of the technology-savvy net-generation, Island View Orientation provided students and guests with a flash drive bracelet containing documents normally printed in hard copy and placed in a folder. Approximately 28,000 pages of paper, 1600 envelopes, and 3,400 water bottles are saved each summer by using these sustainability practices. Campus representatives from various departments are also invited each year to present to orientation leaders to discuss methods for leading a more sustainable life as well as informing them of the ways CSU Channel Islands seeks to serve as a green campus.

Information Received From:

Damien Pena: Associate Vice President for Student Affairs / Dean of Students