Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.89
Liaison Julie Newman
Submission Date Oct. 23, 2018
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 MIT Office of Sustainability
Director
Office of 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::
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:

Throughout the academic year, MIT administers various sustainability assessments which are committee, department and/or topic driven. These assessments range from seeking broad based community-wide input to population specific [e.g. students, departmental] Two recent examples include the work of the Campus Sustainability Task Force which conducted a qualitative and landscape analysis via interviews, report review, and surveys in an effort to inform the vision and strategy for sustainability. Prior to this assessment, in 2015 the MIT Climate Change Conversation Committee conducted a survey of the campus at large, via a web based idea bank, combined with a year long listening tour of campus to assess how the community thought MIT should approach climate change. Furthermore, in March 2016 the Undergraduate Association administered a survey to all undergraduate students to better understand behaviors and opportunities in regard to sustainability.


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

The MIT Climate Change Committee conducted interviews and survey's across campus and used the results to inform the Plan for Action on Climate Change.


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

MIT seeks to understand sustainability behaviors and attitudes within the context of each targeted area - food, transportation, buildings. Below are links to a sample of survey questions and results.

http://web.mit.edu/ir/surveys/pdf/MIT2016-CommutingSurvey.pdf

http://web.mit.edu/ir/surveys/pdf/transportation2016.pdf

https://studentlife.mit.edu/sites/default/files/Documents/DiningSlidesUpdated.pdf


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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