Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.41
Liaison Kristin Larson
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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San Diego State University
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Kristin Larson
Director of Energy and Sustainability
Office of Energy and Sustainability
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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::
The entire campus community (students, staff and faculty), 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:

The culture assessment was developed by reviewing other campus assessments and by a collaboration between students, faculty, and staff. A student developed and managed the survey. It was adopted in 2018. It was combined with the literacy assessment.

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:

We've had 667 respondents so far. Initial assessment done by sustainability officer, but will be further reviewed by Senate Sustainability Committee and others.

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

Students tend to believe that sustainability related issues are important or very important on a global level. Nearly 90% of students believe SDSU should prepare for and work to prevent climate change, while over 90% believe we should conserve energy and water, use renewable energy, and recycle. 82% of students believe that sustainability is very important while 15% believe its somewhat important. The majority students believe it's very important to integrate sustainability into their everyday life. Nearly 30% of students are interested in a bike share program. Unfortunately, nearly 50% of students have not taken a single course related to sustainability. Students are open to limiting or eliminating plastic straws on campus.

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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