Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.05
Liaison Yumiko Jakobcic
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Grand Valley State University
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.29 / 4.00 Yumiko Jakobcic
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability Practices
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The percentage of students assessed for sustainability literacy (directly or by representative sample) and for whom a follow-up assessment is conducted:
0

The percentage of students assessed for sustainability literacy (directly or by representative sample) without a follow-up assessment:
13
+ Date Revised: March 26, 2015

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

1. What is ‘sustainability’?
2. Have you heard the word ‘sustainability’ used before?
3. What phrases do you relate with sustainability?
4. What is a sustainable lifestyle?
5. Are you worried about running out of resources in your lifetime?
6. What is Grand Valley doing regarding sustainability?
7. What is your interest in sustainability-related academic courses?
8. Have you heard of the Sustainable Community Development Initiative on Grand Valley’s campus?
9. Which sustainable campus efforts do you recognize?
10. Could the practice of sustainability be a trend if we can show you how easy it is to participate?

+ Date Revised: March 26, 2015

A brief description of how the assessment(s) were developed:

Undergraduate students in a public relations class were required to create a communications plan for the Office of Sustainability Practices.

+ Date Revised: March 26, 2015

A brief description of how the assessment(s) were administered:

Each student conducted a survey and a focus group while creating their communications plan. The surveys were sent electronically via email to a random sample of current GVSU students. The focus groups were conducted in person with a random sample of current GVSU students.

+ Date Revised: March 26, 2015

A brief summary of results from the assessment(s):

1,923 students responded to a sustainability survey and 158 students participated in a sustainability focus group. In total, 2,081 students participated in both assessments.

Overall, students were not familiar with the sustainability office on GVSU’s campus. They reported sustainability definitions relating to the environment and natural world. They recognized sustainable aspects in LEED certified buildings, farmers markets and water bottle filling stations. They reported a lukewarm interest in more sustainability-related academic courses, but a large majority said they would participate in more sustainability initiatives if they were taught how.

+ Date Revised: April 1, 2015

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