Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.28
Liaison Yumiko Jakobcic
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

Grand Valley State University
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Yumiko Jakobcic
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability Practices
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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::
Longitudinally to measure change over time

A brief description of how and when the cultural assessment(s) were developed and/or adopted:
GVSU has been assessing its sustainability culture through other assessments (class, transportation, etc), but as sustainability has grown, we've decided to pilot a strictly sustainability assessment to look at both sustainability literacy and sustainability culture.

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:
A representative sample was selected by our institutional analysis team and they were invited to participate via email. The actual assessment was administered using Qualmetrics.

A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:
81% of respondents said they would like to learn more about sustainability at GVSU. 79% said sustainability issues were discussed in their classes. 52% were aware of the Sustainable Agriculture Project, with 15% having volunteered there. Zero waste events, sustainable agriculture, sustainability education, student scholarship, and community outreach ranked highly in terms of student priorities. 67% of respondents use sustainable transportation or are in walking distance from campus. A majority of respondents think about the impacts of their food choices, their purchases. Nearly all respondents reported that they almost always sort their waste. 94% agreed that their actions today affect the quality of life for future generations, with 93% feeling that they have a personal responsibility to help make a difference on environmental issues such as waste, resource consumption, and water use and social issues such as safety and security, education, and health and wellness. These results reflect our success in creating a culture of awareness and accountability when it comes to sustainability in our campus community.

Website URL where information about the assessment of sustainability culture is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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