Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.89
Liaison Allie Schwartz
Submission Date Aug. 29, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Columbia University
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Allie Schwartz
Assistant Director, Planning and Outreach
Environmental Stewardship, Columbia University Facilities and Operations
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of the sustainability literacy of its students (i.e. an assessment focused on student knowledge of sustainability topics and challenges)?:

Which of the following best describes the literacy assessment? The assessment is administered to::
A subset of students or a sample that may not be representative of the predominant student body

Which of the following best describes the structure of the assessment? The assessment is administered as a::
Pre- and post-assessment to the same cohort or to representative samples in both a pre- and post-test

A copy of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment(s):

A sample of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment or the website URL where the assessment tool may be found:

Sample of the questions:
-Who coined the term "global warming"? (Wally Broecker)
-Which LEED for NEighborhood Development (ND) certification did Columbia's Manhattanville campus achieve? (Platinum)
-Which of the following NYC establishments is not a certified Level 1 Green Restaurant?
-How many sustainability-related degrees and certificates are currently offered at Columbia?
-Columbia is a member of the: US Green Building Council, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), New York City Carbon Challenge, all of the above. ?


A brief description of how the literacy assessment was developed and/or when it was adopted:

The sustainability literacy assessment was built alongside the Sustainable Leaders Network program. Within the SLN, each school and department has an appointed student representative (and faculty and staff member) who undergo an orientation, during which the Environmental Stewardship office begins with a sustainability literacy assessment to test the knowledge in the room before introducing the program.
There is a post-assessment planned for April of 2019.

A brief description of how a representative sample was reached (if applicable) and how the assessment(s) were administered :

Each school at the University has a dean-appointed student representative that is exposed to the sustainability literacy assessment.

A brief summary of results from the literacy assessment(s), including a description of any measurable changes over time:

Post-assessment results will be reported in the next report.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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