Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 81.67
Liaison Mark Lichtenstein
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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STARS v2.1

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Mark Lichtenstein
Executive Director of Sustainability
Energy and Sustainability
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of the sustainability literacy of its students (i.e. an assessment focused on student knowledge of sustainability topics and challenges)?:
Yes

Which of the following best describes the literacy assessment? The assessment is administered to::
The entire (or predominate) student body, directly or by representative sample

Which of the following best describes the structure of the assessment? The assessment is administered as a::
Standalone evaluation without a follow-up assessment of the same cohort or representative samples

A copy of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment(s):
A sample of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment or the website URL where the assessment tool may be found:

Which of the following is the most commonly used definition of “sustainable development”:

a) Creating a lasting government welfare system that ensures universal access to education, health care, and social services
b) Building communities that are both demographically and economically diverse
c) Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs
d) All of these
e) None of these
f) Don’t know / not sure

Which of the following is NOT included in the most common definition of “sustainability”:

a) Environmental factors
b) Social factors
c) Technological factors
d) Economic factors
e) Not sure/don’t know

Which of the following best describes the cause(s) of climate change:

a) Burning of fossil fuels
b) Deforestation
c) Agriculture
d) Natural process
e) All of the above
f) None of the above
g) Don’t know, not sure


A brief description of how the literacy assessment was developed and/or when it was adopted:

The assessment was developed from a sampling of questions from other university surveys adapted with permission, and original questions developed internally with a collection of faculty, staff, and students.


A brief description of how a representative sample was reached (if applicable) and how the assessment(s) were administered :

The survey was offered to all students with a high response rate.


A brief summary of results from the literacy assessment(s), including a description of any measurable changes over time:

Results from the survey are still being assessed. But preliminary results from the first assessment indicate some level of sustainability literacy across the student population.


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