Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.64
Liaison Kimberly Post
Submission Date Feb. 22, 2022

STARS v2.2

Saint Joseph's College - ME
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Greg Teegarden
Natural Sciences
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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::
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:
Developed by Environmental Science faculty, informed by surveys of peer institutions. Adopted Fall of 2018.

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 brief description of how representative samples were reached (if applicable) and how the cultural assessment is administered:
Students taking ES 100 are currently given the cultural assessment at the end of the semester. Biannually, students in an ES 100 section perform a research project, conducting the cultural assessment for representative samples of all campus constituencies (students, staff, faculty, administration). The most recent campus-wide assessment is being conducted in the current spring 2022 semester. Surveys are conducted generally using a Google poll function or SurveyMonkey function.

A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:
The first campus-wide assessment conducted (2018) indicated a moderate spread of sustainability culture on campus. Generally, all constituencies are aware that SJC has a sustainability focus, and policies and curricula to promote that focus. The existence of the core course in sustainability (ES 100), and ubiquitous signage and scheduled sustainability events ensures that the community is well aware of our focus. Behaviors are where there is a greater range of response, with students showing the greatest range. The effort to truly institutionalize sustainable behaviors across all sectors is the ongoing work of the Center for Sustainable Communities.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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