Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.36
Liaison Rachael Wein
Submission Date March 2, 2020

STARS v2.2

Smith College
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
1.00 / 1.00 Rachael Wein
Assistant Director of Sustainability
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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::
Longitudinally to measure change over time

A brief description of how and when the cultural assessment(s) were developed and/or adopted:

The survey was developed in the summer of 2019 through a partnership made up of CEEDS, Institutional research, and two faculty (one a psychology professor and one from the Environmental Science and Policy department). The survey is meant to gauge how students understand issues related to climate change and their perception of their role in causing and addressing it. The survey was administered before the year on climate change began and will be administered again toward the end of the academic year.

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:

see attached

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

Institutional research administered the survey to students, followed up with initial outreach 2 times, and offered a gift card for the first students who completed the survey.

A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:

879 students completed the initial survey. In general, students feel comfortable talking about climate change, talk about a variety of aspects of the issue 1-2x per month, and agree that they can do something about it in their personal and professional lives.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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