Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.57
Liaison Juliana Goodlaw-Morris
Submission Date Dec. 18, 2020

STARS v2.2

California State University, San Marcos
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Juliana Goodlaw-Morris
Sustainability Manager
Safety, Risk and Sustainability
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of sustainability culture?:

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:

The cultural assessment was developed and distributed in Fall 2020. The assessment was given to all staff/faculty and to 50% of the students. This survey will be given every two years to measure change over time.

The survey was developed after reviewing a number of STARS surveys from other schools and talking with ASU on how they develop their combined literacy and culture survey. We chose to combine our literacy and cultural survey, as it is better to do less surveys than more.

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:

See attached

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

We administered the survey to all staff and faculty and then a representative sample of our student body. We ensured we had a good breakdown of each grade level in school in addition to other diversity breakdowns.

We had a 10% response rate from students, and a 33% response rate from faculty/staff.

Everyone was emailed their survey link and then there two reminders to take the survey. The survey was open for three weeks.

A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:

Overall, the responses were positive. 68% of respondents felt that CSUSM is creating a culture of sustainability. In addition, 79% of respondents are very interested or moderately interested in sustainability. Also, 93% of respondents said they know how to recycle correctly. Considering we have a very good recycling program on campus, it is positive to see that when a program is effective it equates to knowledge and is habit forming. 40% of those who responded had knowledge of the work that CSUSM is doing around connecting social justice and diversity with sustainability efforts. Lastly, 75% of respondents understand how to access health and wellness related resources.

Website URL where information about the assessment of sustainability culture is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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