Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 34.71
Liaison Kristina Bryan
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Saint Louis University
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 1.00 Amy Hargis
Project Analyst
Sustainability & Benchmarking
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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:
The Green Billiken Certification program was developed in the fall of 2015 by the Office of Sustainability & Benchmarking as a way to assess campus knowledge of sustainability initiatives. The program includes multiple sections with more specialized information. The introductory program includes a more generalized overview of sustainability and assesses general sustainability knowledge.

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:
Departments within Facilities Services were the first to become Green Billiken Certified, including Distribution Services, Custodial Services, and Sustainability & Benchmarking. These departments received a presentation from one of the graduate assistants in Sustainability & Benchmarking and were assessed via a paper quiz following the presentation. Other groups and individual SLU students and employees are able to take the assessment at their own convenience via a link available online at http://www.slu.edu/facilities-services-home/sustainability/tips/green-billiken-certification.

A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment, including a description of any measurable changes over time:
After completing the Green Billiken Certification, individuals are eligible to complete action items for points. These action items are categorized into sections that support additional learning in specific areas, including Green Behaviors, Green Learning, Green Engagement, and Green Planning. Points for these action items are recorded in a Google spreadsheet along with the individuals initial responses to the quiz questions. This allows Sustainability & Benchmarking staff to track and measure which sustainability initiatives are the most engaging for the campus community and how participation changes over time. Additionally, the assessment allows us to calculate the overall score of participants to see whether knowledge of sustainability on campus has increased, decreased, or stayed the same over time. Since this is the first full year of data, we do not have change over time yet; however, the program has been structured in a way that allows for this analysis to be performed.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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