Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.79
Liaison Brad Haydel
Submission Date June 20, 2022

STARS v2.2

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 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?:
Yes

Which of the following best describes the cultural assessment? The assessment is administered to::
The entire campus community (students and employees) directly or by representative sample

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:

During summer 2021, Cal State LA engaged two Climate Action Corps Fellows to develop a Student Sustainability Survey. The survey included 35 questions focusing on 1) sustainability culture, 2) sustainability literacy, and 3) demographics. The first 15 questions focused on personal values, behaviors, and beliefs, including general awareness of campus sustainability initiatives. The following 13 questions focused on knowledge of sustainability topics and challenges with right/wrong answers. The survey concludes with 6 demographic questions. To develop the survey, the Climate Action Corps Fellows reviewed the STARS Help Center for both credits, including Resources, Templates & Tools and Example Responses. The survey was administered on November 17, 2021, and results were presented to administration and the Campus Sustainability Committee.


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:

1. Do you agree or disagree that climate change is currently happening? ● Agree ● Disagree ● Not Sure

2. What explains climate change? ● Mostly human activity ● Mostly natural changes ● Both human activity and natural changes ● None of the above because climate change is not happening ● Not sure

3. How well could you explain climate change to someone who does not know about it? ● Very well ● Fairly well ● A little bit ● Not at all

4. How concerned are you about social justice? ● Not at all concerned ● Not very concerned ● Neutral ● Somewhat concerned ● Very concerned

5. How concerned are you about the economy? ● Not at all concerned ● Not very concerned ● Neutral ● Somewhat concerned ● Very concerned

6. Are climate change, social justice, and economic justice connected? ● Yes
● No ● I don’t know

7. How important is it to you as an individual to incorporate sustainability in your day-to-day life? ● Very important ● Somewhat important ● Of little importance ● Not at all important


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

All students were surveyed via Qaultrics over a one week period in November 2021.


A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:

A total of 27,516 emails were sent with the survey link, and a total of 2,281 students completed the survey.


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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