Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.87
Liaison Kat Davis
Submission Date July 16, 2021

STARS v2.2

Boise State University
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 1.00 Kathleen Arujo
Associate Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems, Innovation, and Policy; Director
Energy Policy Institute
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of sustainability culture?:
Yes

Which of the following best describes the cultural assessment? The assessment is administered to::
A subset of the campus community or a sample that may not be representative of the entire community

Which of the following best describes the structure of the cultural assessment? The assessment is administered::
Without a follow-up assessment of the same cohort or representative samples of the same population

A brief description of how and when the cultural assessment(s) were developed and/or adopted:

The Energy Policy Institute at Boise State University conducted a short survey in Spring 2020 to understand perspectives about campus sustainability and energy use. To support estimates of the Boise State University greenhouse gas emissions, the survey also included questions about the form of transportation used to travel to campus and frequency of travel to campus. The sample was developed by the Office of Institutional Research. The survey was distributed to a sample of students estimated to provide an acceptable margin of error, with oversampling by design done in programs with anticipated interest in energy issues. Additionally, the survey was distributed to all faculty and staff with the exception of student workers and a small number of administrative staff working closely on responses to the coronavirus pandemic. The survey received 849 responses corresponding to a 3.3% margin of error with a 95% confidence interval.

This survey included questions primarily gauging interest and behavior around energy and transportation, with additional questions asking specifically about the importance of different aspects of sustainability (energy conservation, clean energy, recycling, composting, food waste, water conservation) as well as interest in employment sectors.


A copy or sample of the questions related to sustainability culture:
A sample of the questions related to sustainability culture or the website URL where the assessment tool is available:

Sample questions uploaded


A brief description of how representative samples were reached (if applicable) and how the cultural assessment is administered:

This survey was not necessarily a representative sample of the campus as a whole as by design we oversampled areas where student interest in energy-sustainability was likely, in order to gain a better understanding of their preferences


A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:

This survey was intended for internal use versus external reporting, and the results supported planning for classes and to understand commute practices as well as the importance of energy conservation and sustainable transportation options.


Website URL where information about the assessment of sustainability culture is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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