Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.85
Liaison Amy Butler
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Michigan State University
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Amy Butler
Campus Sustainability Director
MSU 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)?:

Which of the following best describes the cultural assessment? The assessment is administered to::
A subset of the campus community or a sample that may not be representative of the entire community

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 surveys have been longitudinally over five years; and in 2017 survey included pre and post survey; 2018 survey was initial one time survey; 1/3 of the questions assessed sustainability culture; attitudes and perceptions about sustainability. It included social, environmental, and economic sustainability. it looks at the differences in the perception between the various colleges as well. An overwhelming 85.9 % reported that MSU sustainability efforts are important, fairly important or very important in their residential choices. For total sustainability scores the lowest was in College of Nursing while highest was in College of Music. The differences in sustainability attitudes by college were lowest in the Eli Broad College of Business and the highest was in the College of Arts and Letters. The literacy assessment has been conducted annually for the last five years. A manual [see file upload] that describes the process has been developed. and shared with BIG 10 and Friends in the region. A standardized approach that is consistent with the requirements of the IRB is utilized. Details of the methodology are included in the report and guidance which are uploaded in the online reporting tool.

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 representative samples were determined according to statistical protocol for the number; approved through the IRB; then 20,000 survey links were distributed randomly. The students received the initial survey between October 11 and October 30,. Of the total; 3797 replied.

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

The total responses was 3737 with an overall response  rate of 18.6 %.  Of the total respondents, 45% live off campus and 53.1 % live on campus, and 1.8 % in greek houses.  

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

In addition to a sustainability assessment for the university, MSU has conducted several cultural assessments of the institution to better understand current awareness and knowledge of campus culture. These assessments fall into the area of diversity; further information can be found in PA-5. 

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