Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.59
Liaison Maria Mendes
Submission Date Aug. 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

Red River College Polytechnic
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution conduct an assessment of the sustainability literacy of its students?:

Which of the following best describes the literacy assessment? The assessment is administered to::
The entire (or predominate) student body, directly or by representative sample

Which of the following best describes the structure of the assessment? The assessment is administered as a::
Standalone evaluation without a follow-up assessment of the same cohort or representative samples

A copy of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment(s):
A list or sample of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment or the website URL where the assessment tool may be found:

A brief description of how the literacy assessment was developed and/or when it was adopted:

In February 2022, the Sustainability Office worked with the Institutional Analysis and Planning department to develop a survey for all staff and students to assess sustainability culture and literacy. The Sustainability Office regularly surveys staff and students, however until this survey only staff were asked sustainability literacy questions. To develop the survey, we took questions from past surveys and looked at surveys from other institutions.

A brief description of how a representative sample was reached (if applicable) and how the assessment(s) were administered :

Invitations to participate were sent to every active student email, and follow up reminders were sent before the survey closed. To help encourage participation, the survey was also promoted in college-wide student e-news and a message was sent to all staff and faculty encouraging their participation and asking them to encourage student participation. Students who participated were also given the opportunity to enter a draw for one of three $50 gift cards from the Campus Store. We received responses for 1,102 responses from students across the college.

A brief summary of results from the literacy assessment(s):

Some of the results included:
- 31% of students successfully identified economic, environmental and social, as the three main component of sustainability while 52% of students selected reduce, reuse, recycle.
- Most students could successfully define a life cycle analysis (68%); define the concept of Zero Waste (77%); and identify the food with the highest carbon footprint (67%).
- 32% of students knew how many calls to action there were in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada report (94)
- Most students (68%) were able to identify at least one example of social sustainability, however only a few (less than 10%) were able to identify all the examples given.

The survey created a great baseline from which we can measure our progress on sustainability literacy among students. Survey results are shared here: https://www.rrc.ca/redgreen/2022/05/12/and-the-survey-says/

Website URL where information about the sustainability literacy assessment is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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