Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.33
Liaison Greg Lischke
Submission Date Nov. 25, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Ithaca College
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Rebecca Evans
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Energy Management and 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:

A committee of faculty from Business, Communications, Health Sciences, and Humanities & Sciences worked with staff from the Office of Energy Management & Sustainability to develop the focus of the Ithaca College Sustainability Literacy Assessment. The committee unanimously decided to focus on how personal behaviors influence the carbon/water footprint at the College and the larger global water and climate crises.


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:

- Student showers account for approximately ___ of Ithaca College’s total annual water use.
- What daily diet choice has the potential to make the biggest impact on global climate change?
- Workers around the world face a variety of social injustices, including low wages, poor working conditions, and lack of access to education. To help improve conditions for these workers, you can:
- Alternative transportation options available to Ithaca College students include (select all that apply):
- The best way to decrease waste while eating in the Dining Hall is to:
- Ithaca College’s electricity is ___% renewable:


A brief description of how representative samples were reached (if applicable) and how the cultural assessment is administered:

The assessment was administered to incoming freshmen students through the Ithaca College Seminar Series (ICSM). ICSM is a series of courses available exclusively to freshman students that orient them to college and the liberal arts education. Faculty teaching ICSM courses supplement lectures with presentations from campus partners/experts, which is how we were able to administer the assessment. Approximately 150 students participated. The assessment consisted of live-polling followed by a review of correct answers and explanation of their importance and application.

Additional information on the ICSM program is available here: https://www.ithaca.edu/ithacaseminar/


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

The 2018-2019 academic year was the first time we administered the assessment so, we are unable to provide any measurable changes at this time. However, we intend to reassess the class of 2022 during their senior year.


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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