Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.50
Liaison Brad Haydel
Submission Date July 17, 2019
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STARS v2.1

California State University, Los Angeles
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Brad Haydel
Energy and Sustainability Manager
Facilities, Planning, Design and Construction
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of sustainability culture (i.e. the assessment focuses on sustainability values, behaviors and beliefs, and may also address awareness of campus sustainability initiatives)?:

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::
Longitudinally to measure change over time

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

Cal State LA uses GHG emission inventories to measure its annual carbon footprint, develop effective strategies for reducing GHG emissions, and to track
progress against its carbon neutrality goals. In April 2016, Cal State LA completed its first annual Student Commute Survey to quantify the number of students traveling to and from campus, the frequency of their commutes, and their modes of transportation. This information was used to help estimate scope 3 emissions and gather suggestions to improve campus transportation options.

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

Institutional Effectiveness provides 6,000 emails based on a a random and proportional sample of all students (undergrad, grad, and post baccalaureate). The survey is sent out on a Monday in April with the first few questions asking about commuting habits from the prior week. Participants are offered a chance to win a $100 Barnes & Noble gift certificate for filling out the brief survey.

A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment, including a description of any measurable changes over time:

Between 2016 and 2018, student commuting habits changed in the following ways: 10% reduction in automobiles, 80% increase in biking, 11% increase in carpooling, 19% increase in public transportation, and 8% increase in walking to campus.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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