Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.79
Liaison Audrey McSain
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2021

STARS v2.2

Lehigh University
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Katharine Targett Gross
Sustainability Officer
Office of Sustainability
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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::
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:

A group of faculty and staff from the Office of Sustainability, in partnership with the Lehigh Sustainability Council as well as the Office of Institutional Research created questions to assess the knowledge, behavior, awareness of students, faculty, and staff.

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:

See the above attachment for the questions.

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

Through an anonymous survey sent out by the Office of Institutional Research through Lehigh email during the 2017-2018 academic year.

A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:

The survey participants were more well versed on the environmental aspects of sustainability, but less so on the social and economic aspects. At least 78% of students chose "Environmental/Natural Resources", "Recycling", and "Conservation" as the words that come to mind when they think of sustainability. Only 18-19% chose "Social Justice" and "Equity" as words they think of.

Website URL where information about the assessment of sustainability culture is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

This sustainability culture assessment was conducted for the 2017-2018 academic year, within the three year requirement for this credit submission. Because the inventory was conducted in a previous year, it was not impacted by COVID-19 and is therefore representative of a normal year.

We are planning to do another assessment in 2021.

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