Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.02
Liaison Zachary Czuprynski
Submission Date Feb. 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

Prescott College
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 1.00 Zachary Czuprynski
Sustainability Coordinator
Green Mountain Center for Sustainablity
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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::
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:

The survey was developed by the Sustainability Coordinator, drawing from similar survey questions from other universities and colleges that participate in STARS. An initial pilot was revised based on student input and feedback, and it was reviewed by a faculty member on the Sustainability Council before being sent to students.

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:

Full survey viewable at https://forms.office.com/r/tzqsAydTue
(See Section 4)

Students must respond with a level of "agree" or "disagree" for the following sample prompts:
I support large corporations that try to help the environment
I am willing to buy fewer products to reduce my environmental impact
I am willing to travel less to reduce my environmental impact
I care about the well-being of my peers even when I am having a difficult day

Students were also asked about their awareness of sustainability-related resources and support available to them.

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

The survey was open from September 2021 - December 2021. The Sustainability Coordinator advertised the survey by visiting a dozen classrooms and asking students to complete the survey, though it was not made a requirement, and there were no incentives offered for completion. In addition, the survey was sent to all online students by online program directors; again, no incentives were offered. In total, only 71 students completed the survey.

A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:

63% of students are aware that Prescott College hired a Sustainability Coordinator who can support student projects relating to sustainability.

52% of students are aware of the Sustainability Fund which can be used by any student to financially support their sustainability projects.

Students were asked to vote for three Sustainable Development Goals that they felt were most important to work on at the college and local community. The top three listed were Climate Action (47%), Quality Education (38%), and Good Health & Wellbeing (38%).

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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