Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.04
Liaison Thomas Adams
Submission Date July 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

National University of Ireland, Galway
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Dean Pearce
Head of Facilities Management and Services
Buildings Offices
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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::
The entire campus community (students and employees) 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:

A travel survey was first carried out in the winter of 2005. This was followed in the winter of 2014/2015 and will be followed in 2021/2022. A number of other studies were assessed which are not comparative due to seasonality and are not part of this review. In these comparative surveys baseline travel patterns were assessed inter alia identifying means of travel, and commute distance. Determinants of travel choices were assessed inter alia weather, lack of choice, commute time, safety, stress, environmental performance of chose mode, habit cost. Openness to change was also assessed.

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 sample of the 2014/2015 travel survey questions can be found at this link:

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

The most recent survey (2015) was administered directly to the entire campus and strong recovery rates were received. Respondents were categorised as either staff or students.

A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:

On average staff travel further to campus and 72% of them use the motor car. In general students live closer and 59% of them use active transport. Active travel mode falls steeply with distance of commute. For staff that drive a car, a lack of alternatives and other commitments are the most significant determinants totalling 69%. For students that drive a car, a lack of alternatives and quickest commute time are cited as the more significant determinants at 62%. Total percentage of students that use more sustainable commuting options is 83% and 42% for staff. More than 50% of both cohorts were open to changing to public transport or cycling. More information is available at the link and attachment provided.

Website URL where information about the assessment of sustainability culture is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The surveys inform the travel plan and its sustainability ambitions.

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