Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.44
Liaison Rachel Kornhauser
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

State University of New York at Oneonta
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Rachel Kornhauser
Sustainability Coordinator
Finance and Administration
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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:

"How Big Are Your Resource Feet," a student centered ecological footprint assessment survey was developed as a collaboration between a biology faculty member and political science faculty member and an interested undergraduate student. The survey assesses sustainability values, behaviors, and beliefs. The survey has been annually administered for the past three years with S2018 being the fourth year the survey will be run.

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:

Q10: Do you believe your actions, specifically your use of resources (e.g. fossil fuels, electricity, water), can have an impact on the issue of climate change?"

Q25: What is the maximum amount you would be willing to pay to offset the environmental impact of your commute? Note, the University pays $100.00 for a tree

Q26: Based on information provided earlier about climate change, and after taking this survey, do you believe there is a connection between your actions and larger environmental problems such as sustainability and climate change?

Q37: Are you interested in reducing your resource (e.g. fossil fuels and water) consumption?

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

The ecological footprint assessment is administered as an electronic survey sent to the entire student, staff, and faculty body of SUNY Oneonta. The survey announcement was posted on the student announcements bulletin on Blackboard, student and faculty listservs, and staff and administration to ensure college wide accessibility. Gift cards to local Oneonta businesses were offered to participants via prize drawing but were not used to solicit responses to the survey.

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

Respondents acknowledged their carbon impact as seen through the high proportion of persons willing to pay to offset their carbon once the information is presented in a form that may be easily visualized. Before the survey, some respondents did not believe their actions had an impact. After completing the survey, most respondents acknowledged the impact of their transportation choice on carbon emission.
Data from the previous three years shows that students are interested in engaging in environmentally sustainable behaviors. However, guidance is needed on how to act
sustainably and implement effective behaviors.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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