American University begins educating students about sustainability as soon as they arrive on campus. The New Student Program (NSP) reviews AU's sustainability practices during new student orientation and suggests practical ways students can be more sustainable both on and off campus. NSP distributes a digital CD containing orientation materials that were previously provided as printed fliers and brochures. They also reuse orientation name badge holders. In past years, NSP has partnered with Whole Foods Market to provide incoming students with reusable grocery bags. In addition to NSP's efforts, the Office of Sustainability staffs a table during orientation to provide incoming students with information and opportunities about how to participate in sustainability activities at AU.
For more information about how NSP is greening student orientation activities, click the Related Link on this page.