Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.55
Liaison Michelle Larkins
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Pacific University
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 1.00 Michelle Larkins
Director of the CSS
Center for a Sustainable Society
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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::
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:

Each year our Student Senate (government) conducts an annual survey that is distributed to all students. Historically it has had questions regarding individuals' behavior around sustainable measures, such as recycling, composting, buying practices, and programming and information 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:

On and Off Campus Dining and Grocery:

1. How many times a week do you eat at the Grove?
a. Every meal
b. 1 per day
c. a few times a week
d. 1-2 month
e. never

2. How important to you is having the option to eat sustainable, local food* in the Grove? (*food grown within 100 miles or less of Forest Grove, that adheres to sustainable production standards)?
a. Very Important
b. Important
c. Neutral
d. Not Important

3. If sustainable, local foods were served daily in the Grove, would this:
a. Increase the number of meals you ate there
b. Decrease the number of meals you ate there
c. Neither increase or decrease

4. How important to you is having the option to eat vegetarian and/or vegan daily in the Grove?
a. Very Important, Important, Neutral, Not Important, Don’t Care
5. Where do you shop for the majority of your food related groceries?
a. Wal-Mart
b. Safeway
c. Winco
d. Other
6. If we sold fresh fruits and vegetables, and other food staples on Campus (e.g. in the Grove, or elsewhere) how would this impact you?
a. Increase your access to fresh fruits and vegetables
b. No impact
c. Other

7. Within the past 12 months, I worried about whether my food would run out before I got money to buy more.
a. often true
b. sometimes true
c. never true
d. don’t know/refused

8. Within the past 12 months, the food I bought just didn’t last and I didn’t have money to get more.
e. often true
f. sometimes true
g. never true
h. don’t know/refused

B Street
9. How frequently have you visited the B Street Farm?
a. 1-2 per month, 1-2 per semester, 1 per year, 1 per Pacific career, I have never visited, I didn’t know we had a farm

10. Are you aware you can get free, fresh vegetables at B Street? Yes or No?

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

All UG students receive the confidential survey in their campus email account.

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

Results and summary memos were distributed to centers and administrators for follow up action, and with student input ideas.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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