|Submission Date||Dec. 14, 2020|
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture
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Office of Sustainability
Does the institution conduct an assessment of sustainability culture?:
Which of the following best describes the cultural assessment? The assessment is administered to::
Which of the following best describes the structure of the cultural assessment? The assessment is administered::
A brief description of how and when the cultural assessment(s) were developed and/or adopted:
Over the past year, IUPUI has collaborated with other IU campuses to create and deliver a statewide sustainability literacy and cultural assessment to students across the IU system. The results of this survey will provide valuable information about each campus’ unique sustainability strengths, as well as opportunities for improvement across academic offerings, campus operations, and engagement programming.
A representative sample of IUPUI students across all disciplines was surveyed in February 2020 via email. The assessment utilized the Theory of Planned behavior to determine student attitudes, social norms, and perceived behavioral control of sustainable behaviors related to waste reduction, food, transportation, and printing.
A post-assessment will occur every 3 years.
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:
Below is a list of behaviors you may or may not engage in. By sliding the button to the right, please indicate the percentage of time you engage in these behaviors during the current academic year (Fall 2019 through Spring 2020). Remember there is no right or wrong answer, so your first answer is probably the most accurate. Please answer even if you don’t engage in any of the listed behaviors by sliding the button to zero. [sliding scale of 0-100%, starting at 0%]
• Print double-sided when required to print
• Turn off the lights when leaving the room
• Eat organic foods
• Reuse or recycle items
• Choose to walk, bike, or ride the bus instead of driving a car to and from campus
Most people who are important to me would approve of (5 point scale, 1= strongly disagree; 2=somewhat disagree; 3=neither agree nor disagree; 4=somewhat agree; • Printing double-sided when required to print
• Turning off the lights when leaving a room
• Eating organic foods
• Reusing or recycling items
• Choosing to walk, bike, or ride the bus instead of driving a car to and from campus
A link to the 2020 instrument to assess culture can be found here: https://uirr.iu.edu/surveycalendar/survey.html?id=163
A brief description of how representative samples were reached (if applicable) and how the cultural assessment is administered:
A representative sample of students only was reached using Spring 2020 FTE figures provided by the Registrar's Office.
Participants were surveyed via email.
A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:
- Strongest predictors of an individual engaging in a sustainable behavior include: attitude, social norms, convenience, academic standing, gender (female-identifying more likely), literacy, and agreeing with the statement that "climate change is real and caused by humans."
- Students surveyed print double sided 77% of the time on average
- Students surveyed turn off lights before leaving the room 83% of the time on average
- Students surveyed eat veg/vegan meals 41% of the time on average
- Students surveyed recycle 65% of the time on average
- Students surveyed use a reusable water bottle 80% of the time on average
Website URL where information about the assessment of sustainability culture is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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