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

STARS v2.2

Knox College
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Deborah Steinberg
Director of Campus Sustainability Initiatives
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of sustainability culture?:
Yes

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::
Without a follow-up assessment of the same cohort or representative samples of the same population

A brief description of how and when the cultural assessment(s) were developed and/or adopted:

When developing the sustainability literacy assessment, it was decided that it would be valuable to have a baseline of interest in sustainability, and that this survey would be an opportunity to determine knowledge of campus sustainability initiatives as well as individuals' sustainability behaviors and/or beliefs. Therefore we added a baseline question and listed campus sustainability resources/programs and basic sustainability behaviors that we educate about. The first survey was given in 2015 and has been revised slightly until it's final version was created in 2018.


A copy or sample of the questions related to sustainability culture:
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A sample of the questions related to sustainability culture or the website URL where the assessment tool is available:

Please indicate which of the following statements best describes your level of interest in sustainability
- I have a passion for sustainability
- I have considerable interest in sustainability
- I am neither interested nor disinterested in sustainability (neutral)
- I have little interest in sustainability
- I have no interest in sustainability

Of the following sustainability programs implemented by Knox College, which programs did you already know existed before taking this survey?
- Alumni Hall and Whitcomb Art Center earned LEED gold for being built as high-performing buildings
- At the end of each year the “There is no Away” campaign collects gently-used items for the campus Share Shop
- The Sustainability Fund is comprised of a per semester activity fee each student pays and all students can propose ways to use the funds for on-campus improvements
- “Non-traditional” recycling bins across campus to collect items such as toothbrushes, empty deodorant containers, foil-lined snack bags, batteries, electronics, and more

Of the following, which did you know was an example of sustainable practices before taking this survey?
- Powering down electrical devices when not using them for more than 15 minutes
- Reporting building issues to Facilities Services for repair
- Using a refillable cup/bottle for water, coffee, soda, and other drinks
- Putting on a sweater instead of turning up the heat or using a space heater


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

Sustainability staff set up outside the cafeteria for a week during meal times. All students were asked to participate in the survey. This location and timing plus the in-person request, provides the best chance for a representative sample of campus to participate. The survey was a single sheet of paper that students filled out in person at the table (not taken away and turned in later).


A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:

Results show that most students are interested in sustainability issues (I have a passion for sustainability -16%; I have considerable interest in sustainability - 54%). Only 1% stated that they have little interest in sustainability and no one indicated that they have no interest in sustainability. Of the 4 sustainability behaviors the survey asked about, the majority of students previously knew about these general behaviors, but some more than others; the spread was 51-96%. Of the 4 sustainability programs listed, more than 55-60% of students responded that they didn't know 3 of them existed. Only one was known, but only by 51% of respondents. This provided great feedback on the need to tell our story more often.


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