Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Wendy Olmstead
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

California State University, Stanislaus
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Wendy Olmstead
Sustainability Coordinator
Capital Planning & Facilities Management
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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:

During the spring 2018 semester, the Council for Sustainable Futures developed and distributed a Student Sustainability Survey designed to assess the values, behaviors, and awareness of students of campus sustainability initiatives. The results of the 385 student responses are summarized in the Student Survey Summary Report.


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:

The student survey was distributed to all students via an email.


A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:

The cultural assessment indicated that 66% of students have either a passion for, or considerable interest in, sustainability; 27% replied that they make a strong effort to be knowledgeable about environmental issues with 20% making a strong effort to be knowledgeable about sustainability issues. Percentage of respondents considering the following personal sustainability issues to be very important are: recycling 68%; waste reduction 58%; environmental impact of food 32%; water conservation 68%; environmentally friendly products 42%; energy conservation 52%; renewable energy 57% and minimizing GHG emissions from transportation 47%. Social justice issues including access to clean water, food security, affordable housing, gender pay equity, diversity and inclusion, and political representation and voice were considered to be very important by a range of 60 to 86% of respondents. Personal responsibility for sustainability such as recycling, waste reduction, purchasing, water and energy conservation, and alternative transportation are summarized in the report. A follow up survey will be conducted in fall 2020.


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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