Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 81.34
Liaison Mary Whitney
Submission Date Nov. 26, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Chatham University
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Mary Whitney
University Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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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)?:
Yes

Which of the following best describes the cultural assessment? The assessment is administered to::
The entire campus community (students, staff and faculty), 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:

In 2008 Dr. DeLong developed this survey. It is based on some existing measures and work with the Sustainability Office for some ideas about what would be helpful to know. This survey measures the underlying attitudes, values, intentions, interests and actions of our campus community. There have been some revisions to the survey over the last 10 years, but it remains essentially the same.


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

A representative sample is taken from each of the Chatham constituencies: undergrads, grad students, faculty and staff, with the sample developed by our Institutional Research director. A link for a Qualtrics survey is emailed to the selected members. Responses are anonymous in an effort to promote honesty. The repeated measures are repeated by constituency group, but never the same exact group members (this supports external validity).


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

Among other results (shared at AASHE 2018):
In 2008, 9.5% of campus was classified as "activated" for campus sustainability culture, and 46.6% were classified as "unmoved" or not participating. By 2008 the activated were 27.6% and the unmoved 21.7%. Results from the latest round show activated as 44.6% and unmoved 11.4% - almost completely reversed from when we began.


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