Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.63
Liaison Dwayne Doornbosch
Submission Date June 24, 2021

STARS v2.2

Langara College
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
1.00 / 1.00 Raymond Yeung
Manager Facilities Services
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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:

The Sustainability Culture Assessment was developed by the Langara College Facilities and Institutional Research Departments and was given out via email from January 25, 2021 to February 5, 2021. The survey was created to understand the behaviours and beliefs of the Langara community regarding sustainability. The results will also assist in creating a framework for future sustainability initiatives. Participants were posed a number of knowledge based questions surrounding challenges facing the environment, economy, and the associated social impacts. This assessment was the first of its kind at Langara College with future assessments to be carried out in the future every two 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:

The full question list can be found in the attached file. Sample provided below.

Q3: Which of the following topics have you encountered or brought into the classroom for discussion?
•Environmental issues
•Environmental policies
•Environmental activism
•Environmental racism
•Circular economy
•None of the above

Q6: Please rate your level of interest in the following sustainability issues.
• Reduction of greenhouse gases (clean and renewable energy)
• Sustainable infrastructure (e.g., green buildings)
• Food (e.g., fair trade, vegan or vegetarian options, local, organic, etc.)
• Purchasing (e.g., fair trade, lowering environmental footprint, decreasing consumption)
• Transportation (e.g., sustainable alternatives, such as biking, walking, public transit)
• Waste (e.g., recycling, compost)
• Water (quality and quantity)
• Diversity and social equity

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

The survey was promoted digitally through email announcements, Brightspace (Langara's student learning platform), Langara's main website and Langara's official social media accounts. The survey link was sent out to 2,197 employees and 13,488 students via email. In total the survey received 1,824 results (417 employees and 1,407 students). This was the first year the survey was done, but future follow-up surveys will be conducted.

A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:

Key Highlights:

-The majority of faculty respondents would be willing to take greater steps in participating and promoting sustainable behaviors and education on campus

-53% of students and faculty have had discussions related to sustainability topics in the classroom

-90% of respondents felt that it was important for students to gain knowledge of the tools and perspectives needed for sustainable living as part of their education

-90% of respondents want sustainability to be a top priority for leadership at Langara

-Roughly half (51%) of respondents felt that having more knowledge and resources would help them to be more active about sustainability on campus

- 73% of respondents think that climate change impacts will be significant and are worried about how these impacts may affect their lives

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

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