Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 63.22
Liaison Jessica Russell
Submission Date Oct. 17, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Mount Royal University
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Jessica Muraca
Project Analyst
Facilities Management
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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:

In 2016, the Sustainable MRU committee developed a short survey using questions previously administered with the 2013 President's Taskforce on Sustainability survey. The surveys were developed to assess attitudes, awareness of current sustainability resources on campus, and suggested areas of improvement.
In 2019, the Sustainable MRU committee developed an in-depth Sustainability Literacy and Culture Assessment survey to further assess sustainability culture on campus.


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 questions 1 - 20 in link above.


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

The survey was administered at the Fall 2019 Campus Sustainability Fair over two days in September in a high traffic area on campus. Herbs and an incentive gift card were offered to complete the 10 minute survey. The survey was also advertised to all staff, student, and faculty on the MyMRU portal, and in the campus community newletter, OurCommunity, over a one month period. 394 responses were captured, with 79.2% being from students who identified their program and year of study.


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

Awareness of campus resources, events, and practices remained stable between 2013 - 2016. For example, knowledge of the UPASS program was 83.33% in 2013 and 87.5% in 2016. Infrastructure and facilities were prioritized as an important focus, specifically waste programs. In the 2019 survey, the majority of global sustainability issues were identified as 'very important' to participants with the exception of genetically modified organisms.


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