Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.48
Liaison Andrew Iacona
Submission Date Sept. 28, 2020

STARS v2.2

Northern Arizona University
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Matthew Muchna
Sustainability Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of sustainability culture?:

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:

ASNAU 2018 survey: This survey was a broad survey with a sustainability question embedded within it. The question asked, "How important is it for NAU to be a leader in sustainability. To that question, 88.6% of the N=1502 respondents said Yes, NAU should be a leader in sustainability.

Climate Action Plan 2019 Survey: this survey pulled from a random sample of 2000 students, faculty and staff. It was designed as a broad chartering tool for our campus community to engage in the value setting process as we crafted the scope of work for the RFP and determined the key values for our updated plan. We asked the same question from the ASNAU 2018 survey, and we were met with similar results from our N=241 respondents (12% success rate). Over 89% of the respondents said that it was extremely or very important for NAU to be a leader in sustainability. The results from the 2019 CAP survey is shared below.

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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:

Questions from the 2019 Climate Action Plan (CAP) Survey.

Q1: How important is it for NAU to be a leader in Sustainability? (I.e. Environmentally, Economically, Socially)

Q2: How important is it for NAU to be Carbon Neutral? (Note: This term refers to striving to achieve a net-zero carbon footprint while sequestering or buying enough carbon credits to offset our remaining emissions).

Q4: What do you stand for? Identify the qualities of a plan that would influence your involvement with climate action at NAU? (Select your top 3 value areas)

Survey results shared at the bottom of the CAP Website: www.nau.edu/cap

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

NAU Data and Reported helped pull a random sample of 1,800 Students, 100 staff, and 100 faculty for this survey. We used Qualtrics and sent out one initial invitation email and one reminder email before the 1-week deadline closed.

Students 74.79% 178
Faculty 10.92% 26
Staff 10.92% 26
Administration 1.68% 4
Other: (write below) 1.68% 4
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A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:

From this assessment, and the longitudinal results from the 2018 ASNAU survey, it is clear that our campus believes we need to be a leader in Sustainability. Question #4 from the CAP 2019 survey helped us identify the underlying values further.

CAP 2019 Questions #4 results:
1 Enhancing Student Success & Access 12.70% 96
2 Expanding Student and Faculty Research & Discovery 11.38% 86
3 Promoting Engagement & Collaboration 13.49% 102
4 Enhancing Commitment to Native Americans 8.33% 63
5 Fostering Stewardship 4.50% 34
6 Incentivizing Innovation 10.98% 83
7 Enhancing Transparency 10.19% 77
8 Promoting Justice & Equity 11.64% 88
9 Demonstrating Accountability 14.81% 112
10 Other: 1.98% 15

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