Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.28
Liaison Ciara Tennis
Submission Date Nov. 3, 2022

STARS v2.2

Eastern Connecticut State University
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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::
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:

The culture assessment was drafted by Ciara Tennis, University Assistant for Climate and Sustainability Initiatives, based on the Western Kentucky University Sustainability Survey from the Western Kentucky University Office of Sustainability, with permission granted to use and modify the questions from their assessment. The survey was first administered in fall 2022, and will be modified and administered every fall semester to track sustainability culture over time and to guide initiatives on campus.

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 survey was sent to all students, faculty, and staff through the appropriate mass-distribution email lists. The survey was open for a week and a half to accept responses.

A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:

Among sustainability services at Eastern, the survey shows that the campus community is not very aware of the Green Campus Committee, the Institute for Sustainability, or single-stream recycling (in that order). For sustainability practices and initiatives, the campus community is the least aware of the High Rise Geothermal Installation, the Encelium management system (lights/heating/cooling according to capacity), and the bioswale at the Science Building (in that order). The varying levels of awareness of current services and practices indicates that outreach and promotion are necessary to increase awareness on campus. Recycling and recycling awareness on campus has been an ongoing challenge, and while 96% of respondents selected that they do recycle at home or on campus, the written responses explaining why they do not recycle show a variety of misconceptions and lack of knowledge. The Institute for Sustainability will use this and other data from the survey to target outreach and education efforts across campus.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data was analyzed and input by Ciara Tennis, University Assistant for Climate and Sustainability Initiatives.

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