Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 78.45
Liaison Emily Blandford
Submission Date May 15, 2012
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STARS v1.2

Georgia Institute of Technology
ER-13: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Marcia Kinstler
Sustainability Director
Office of Environmental Stewardship
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Has the institution conducted a sustainability literacy assessment?:

Did the assessment include a baseline evaluation of students and then a follow-up evaluation of the same cohort?:

A copy of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment:

A copy of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment :

Housing’s Sustainability Quiz:

1. Georgia Tech Housing aims for LEED Gold Certification. What does LEED stand for?
2. Which action does NOT save energy in your residence hall?
3. How many years does it take the aluminum soft drink can you just threw away to decompose?
4. What are the 4 R’s of Sustainability?
5. What is your Carbon Footprint?
6. What percentage of your daily water usage does the bathroom account for?
7. How much chemical fertilizer and pesticide does it take to grow the cotton to make the t-shirt and pair of jeans you put on this morning?
8. How much water can you waste in one day if your faucet leaks?
9. Recycle that aluminum can your hand and you can save enough money to run your laptop for how long?
10. How much waste does the average college student produce annually?

www.stewardship.gatech.edu/images/Sustainability quiz housing.pdf

A brief description of how the assessment was developed:

As part of Housing’s seeking LEED EBOM certification for the North Avenue Apartments (2,000 person bed residence hall):
o Over 700 students completed an online sustainability survey designed to engage and educate them. Residents were incented to participate via outreach programs at Earth Day and via signage in building lobbies, etc. Students who successfully completed the online survey received a T-shirt.

o A separate program engaged students in turning recycled plastic beverage bottles into fabric and clothing. Students who participated in the demonstration received a T-shirt made of recycled plastic beverage bottles. Over 600 students participated.

• Research and Citizen Science, The Need for Research into the Efficacy of Education Strategies… Use of models to construct scientific understanding http://sciencelearning.rutgers.edu/research.html

A brief description of how the assessment was administered:

Via Housing's LEEDing the way website, online at


A brief summary of results from the assessment:

700 students voluntarily took the quiz during 2010-2011

Approximately 600 students participated in the plastic bottle recycling demonstration to recieve a tshirt

The website URL where information about the literacy assessment is available:

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