Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.06
Liaison Deborah Steinberg
Submission Date Dec. 18, 2020

STARS v2.2

Knox College
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Deborah Steinberg
Director of Campus Sustainability Initiatives
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of the sustainability literacy of its students?:

Which of the following best describes the literacy assessment? The assessment is administered to::
The entire (or predominate) student body, directly or by representative sample

Which of the following best describes the structure of the assessment? The assessment is administered as a::
Standalone evaluation without a follow-up assessment of the same cohort or representative samples

A copy of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment(s):
A list or sample of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment or the website URL where the assessment tool may be found:

A brief description of how the literacy assessment was developed and/or when it was adopted:

A number of existing sustainability literacy assessments were reviewed including the ASK survey. Questions were chosen from sample assessments based on initiatives and/or issues Knox focuses on and were edited to be applicable to our region and student population. The current version of the survey was adopted in 2018.

A brief description of how a representative sample was reached (if applicable) and how the assessment(s) were administered :

Student workers/volunteers tabled, in a public space outside our dining area, with paper copies of the survey. Students passing by were asked to fill out the survey and were given a small prize (piece of candy) for completing the survey. Students circled answers there at the table and handed the paper back in. The survey was open to everyone in the student body to take.

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

Results show that students are aware of the basic definition of carbon footprint (85 percent) and can correctly identify renewable resources (72 percent). Students had below average knowledge of sustainable food choices (60 percent), the definition of sustainable development (67 percent), and examples of environmental justice (64 percent). When it comes to knowledge of which of the three "Rs" provides the greatest environmental impact (55 percent) and making choices in behaviors that produce fewer greenhouse gases (52 percent), there is less knowledge. When asked the most common cause of pollution in rivers and streams, only 30 percent of students responded correctly.

Website URL where information about the sustainability literacy assessment is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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