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New Student and Residential Life Programs

New Student Transition Programs

Open House

Cal Poly Open House is an annual event that showcases the campus to admitted and current students, their supporters, alumni, and the San Luis Obispo community.  The three-day event is the culmination of an entire year of hard work and dedication by a committee of student volunteers working under New Student Transition Programs, in collaboration with the community, student clubs, faculty, and staff.  Organizers strive not only to showcase sustainability efforts at Cal Poly through student project displays, but to make the Open House event greener by initiatives including:

  • Educational outreach to student clubs about ways to reduce environmental impact of their display booths and food sales by limiting packaging, recycling, composting, and Zero Waste event planning.
  • Promoting display booths that are designed and constructed for reuse every year.
  • Limiting distribution of printed materials and promoting use of recycled content paper.
  • Elimination of stryrofoam for food service sales, and recycling of paper, cardboard, plastic, glass and aluminum.

SLO Days

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Student Life Orientation Days is Cal Poly's 2-day, overnight, summer orientation. Come meet other new students, connect with your academic major, and begin to prepare for life at Cal Poly. Efforts to make SLO Days more sustainable include:

  • Conversion of all paper handouts to electronic format via USB drives which students keep, eliminating 70,000 pages of paper handouts annually between SOAR and WOW combined.
  • All food service is Zero Waste, with all waste being either recycled or composted.
  • Students are given a refillable water bottle to educate them about the environmental impact of purchasing bottled water.

WOW

Week of Welcome, run by Cal Poly New Student Orientation Programs, is an immersive week long orientation program that takes place immediately before the start of fall quarter.  Small groups of new students, both incoming freshman and transfers, are led by two trained orientation leaders in a wide array of social experiences and educational programs intended to build a foundation for academic success, personal development, and connection to the campus and local community.  Efforts to make WOW more sustainable and educate students about sustainability include:

  • Conversion of all paper handouts to electronic format via USB drives which students keep, eliminating 70,000 pages of paper handouts annually between SOAR and WOW combined.
  • All food service is Zero Waste, with all waste being either recycled or composted.
  • Students receive education about sustainable living and Cal Poly's ongoing efforts to be green.
  • A Block Party is held to expose students to the many sustainability clubs and student organizations.
  • Students learn about sustainability in curriculum and coursework, as well as green careers.

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Residential Life and Education

The Residential Life and Education staff are responsible for the educational, social and behavioral aspects of student life in on-campus housing.  Res Life programs provide a wide variety of educational content intended to build a foundation for academic success, personal development, and environmental responsibility with the hopes of creating sustainable living habits that will carry on beyond life at Cal Poly.   Res Life educates students about sustainability through a variety of learning and leadership programs, including:

  • Educational outreach, information sessions, and guest speakers.
  • Energy and water conservation competitions in partnership with the Green Campus Program.
  • Recycling competitions.
  • Sustainability fairs.
  • Community service projects.
  • Designated Eco Reps for each hall that participate in Inter Housing Council.

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