A number of activities and measures have been implemented in our Orientation program to foster and encourage sustainable behaviors in all new and returning students.
Sustainability Initiatives in New Student Orientation
Each year, orientation emphasizes modeling and encouraging sustainable behaviors. The value and practices of sustainability are introduced early to increase the likelihood that students will continue them throughout their time at the university and afterwards.
Every new student receives a reusable coffee thermos and water bottle sponsored by ASUPS and the Sustainability Advisory Committee. The travel thermoses are made from 75% post industrial recycled materials.
Check out Sustainability Services' awesome recycling video on YouTube! This video was made by Sustainability Services student staff for New Student Orientation 2014 and has been shown during Perspectives since then.
Eight instructors collaborated on a pilot version of Prelude that linked academic study with civic engagement. The day's exercises were organized around the theme of the Sense of Place and Tacoma. Students engaged with a variety of texts (e.g., short story, essay, research sites, and their own experiences). This approach engaged students with resources in the Tacoma community and extended the concept of close reading to include research sites (these included the Thea Foss Waterway, McKinley Park, and Hilltop).
Students experience Prelude to help demystify the city of Tacoma and increase their sense of the larger community around them. Returning to campus, students share their findings through a collaborative writing exercise and showed that, in fact, they had assimilated knowledge of Tacoma and had grasped the idea of a sense of place. They expressed a wide-range of insights into the history, challenges, and accomplishments of the city in its environmental and social relations. Prelude thus helps lay the groundwork for understanding the place of Puget Sound in the community and in a regional vision of sustainability while also meeting other academic goals during the day.
New Student Orientation at Puget Sound includes Perspectives, the three day on-campus experience where new students learn more about the academic and social aspects of student life.
The Perspectives Campus Life Skit gives a sneak peak into what life is like on campus. Sustainability is incorporated in this musical skit to help new students learn about how it will be a part of their everyday experiences here.
Students are encouraged to bring their reusable travel thermoses to Passages to limit the use of paper products and dishware. Reusable mugs are on the equipment list for Passages.