Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.92
Liaison Julien-Pierre Lacombe
Submission Date Nov. 14, 2018
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STARS v2.1

École de Technologie Supérieure
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Valérie Desormeaux
Sustainable office
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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::
The entire (or predominate) student body, directly or by representative sample

Which of the following best describes the structure of the assessment? The assessment is administered as a::
Standalone evaluation without a follow-up assessment of the same cohort or representative samples

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:

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

The survey was created by ÉTS sustainability officer and his intern in July 2018 and was revised several times over the following months. It was finally corrected and analysed by the general direction in September 2018. The survey was created internally, drawing inspiration from those created by other Quebec universities and from various Internet sources. The Government of Quebec and Canada sites inspired most of the questions. The survey includes questions on knowledge of sustainable development (1 to 13, except 2) and questions on culture (14 to 22, and 2). As suggested by STARS, the questions were either multiple choices or check-off answers to find the correct or incorrect statement. Surveymonkey was the platform chosen to create the survey.

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

It was distributed to the entire community on September 19, 2018 by email, and the community had one week to respond.

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

Of the 12,516 people (including staff and faculty) to whom the email was sent, 595 responded. On average, participants have a median score of 60%. Incorrect answers will allow us to adapt the information provided to the community on sustainable development, either through courses or workshops/activities. Here are the results by question:
Q. 3 Average score of 83%. Most common error; the reduction of invasive species as an impact on climate change.
Q. 4 Average score of 49%. Most common error; the Industrial response as the main GHG emitting sector in Quebec.
Q. 5 Average score of 54%. Most common error; (which one is incorrect) fossil energy use as the main factor contributing to climate change.
Q.6 Average score of 30%. Most common error; 12,000L of water required to produce one kg of beef.
Q.7 Average score of 40%. Most common error; not answering all of the answers above to the question on which statement is true in relation to life cycle analysis.
Q.8 Average score of 69%. Most common error; answering Reduce, recycle, reuse and recover as a priority order for the abbreviation of the 3R-V.
Q.9 Average score of 89%. Most common error; the bioenergy answer as the non-renewable energy source.
Q.10 Average score of 51%. Most frequent error; renewable energies as one of the seven pillars of the circular economy.
Q.11 Average score of 81%. Most common error; Centre for community awareness, information, mobilization and education on environmental issues to the question what is an ecocentre.
Q.12 Average score of 32%. Most frequent error; 21.5% is Quebec's commitment to reduce its GHG emissions by 2030.
Q.13 Average score of 71%. Most frequent error; the answer An agreement signed in 1997 that aims to reduce anthropogenic emissions of 6 greenhouse gases by half compared to 1990 levels by 2050, to define the Paris Agreement.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.