Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.48
Liaison Nico Strabac
Submission Date Jan. 22, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Mohawk College
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

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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::
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::
Longitudinally to measure change over time

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

This assessment was developed by Mohawk Sustainability and vetted by The Institutional Research Department. Content was determined by examining best practices used by other institutions. Participants were posed a number of knowledge based questions surrounding challenges facing the environment, economy and the associated social impacts. The survey went live November 25, 2018.

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:

Please see document uploaded.

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

The survey was promoted both digitally (via email announcements, eLearn landing page) and in-person (outreach booths, post-cards, and by professors at the beginning of lecture). The survey was administrated through Institutional Research's survey software which participants accessed through a quick-link.

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

Please refer to AC-6 for more details surrounding the assessment as literacy and culture were tied into the same survey. The assessment was completed by 3248 individuals. Of this, 2727 were students. Particpants were asked questions which gauged their thoughts and behaviours surrounding sustainability issues such as waste management and climate change.

Several notable results were observed. Overall, 90% of respondents stated that sustainability was important to them. 40% of respondents said they "always" compost food waste on campus. 50% of students said the often wonder about the impacts of climate change.

Mohawk College looks forward to conducting this assessment again in Spring 2019 to gauge changes in attitudes, behaviours and opinions over time.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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