Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 45.97
Liaison Tom Hartzell
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Calvin University
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Becki Simpson
Associate Dean of Residence Life
Residence Life
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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:

The survey is administered at the end of the Kill-a-Watt competition each January. (See EN-1 for more information on Kill-a-Watt.)
The survey assesses the success of the Kill-a-Watt program in influencing and changing behaviors, specifically geared toward environmental stewardship. It also assesses understanding the connection between faith and creation care, while gauging student interest and knowledge of sustainability topics. (JW 1.23.19)

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:

Here is a sample of questions:
- How do you understand the connection between faith and creation care?
- Please rate your agreement or disagreement with the following statements:
- Kill-a-Watt helped me explore the connections between Christian faith & environmental stewardship.
- Kill-a-Watt helped me better understand environmental stewardship.
- I plan to continue striving towards environmental sustainability.

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

The students from each residence hall on campus were emailed the survey and asked to complete. The survey was also attached in campus-wide email news.

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

-Over 70% of students surveyed said that they plan on continuing a Kill-a-Watt habit changes during the semester.
-Over 75% of students surveyed said they "see caring for creation as an important part of my faith and am working to become a better steward in my daily lifestyle choices."
-Over 30% of students surveyed strongly agreed that "Kill-a-Watt helped me reflect on my lifestyle choices and how my actions impact others."

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Notes come from Becki Simpson, Dean of Residence Life. The attached file is the results from the survey in 2018. (JW 1.25.19)

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