Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.50
Liaison Elaine Durr
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Elon University
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Elaine Durr
Director of Sustainability
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:

Elon University first assessed sustainability culture on campus in the spring of 2008. The initial assessment tool was given to students only. In 2011, the tool was significantly revised and one was created for employees. In 2013, another assessment was conducted using the tools developed in 2011 making only minor changes to improve data quality. Additional assessments were conducted in 2015 and 2017 using the 2013 tools with only minor changes.


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:

The Office of Sustainability coordinates distribution with the Institutional Research Office to avoid conflicts with other major university assessments. The assessment tools are distributed via email through an online assessment software program. In years it was applicable, a paper version of the assessment tool was provided to departments without regular access to email. No incentives are provided for completing the assessment. The study population includes the entire campus community (students, faculty and staff).


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

Below are a few summarized results from the 2017 assessment:
-Over 64% of faculty/staff and student respondents correctly identified the definition of sustainability, up from 63% in 2015
-Over 80% of student respondents indicated conserving energy, conserving water and reducing waste is very important or important, up from 79% in 2015
-Over 88% of faculty/staff respondents indicated conserving energy, conserving water and reducing waste is very important or important, same as 2015
-74% or more of faculty/staff and student respondents indicated they are very concerned or concerned about climate change, up from 67% for faculty/staff and 63% for students in 2015
-75% or more of faculty/staff and student respondents indicated sustainability is important to them, same as 2015
-74% or more of faculty/staff and student respondents indicated it is important for Elon to be a leader in sustainability, up from 72% in 2015


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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