Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.09
Liaison DeLayne Miller
Submission Date Dec. 18, 2019
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Tennessee Technological University
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

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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::
Longitudinally to measure change over time

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

The Office of Sustainability developed the Sustainability Survey in the Fall of 2017. The goal of the survey is to see students, staff, and faculty's interest in the many projects the Office of Sustainability has developed. The surveys are given every month of the semester and concern topics including Energy, Food & Dining, Green Space, Recycling, Research, Transportation and Water. At the end of the survey, students are free to list any comments or inputs regarding campus sustainability. Students may also include their contact information if they are interested in getting involved.

TN Tech Green Pledge:

The TN Tech Green Pledge was created in 2018 by the Office of Sustainability. The main goal of the pledge is for students, staff, and faculty to make a personal commitment to make small everyday changes which can make a positive impact on the environment. Sustainability areas that are addressed include Saving Energy, Transportation, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Protecting Resources.

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:
Green Pledge:

Campus Sustainability Survey:
Please indicate your level of awareness of the Office of Sustainability.
-I was not aware that TN Tech had an Office of Sustainability before taking this survey
-I was aware that TN Tech had an Office of Sustainability before taking this survey

TN Tech Sustainability Pledge:
Cutting out your electricity use by changing your behavior reduces your environmental footprint.
-I will use my computers sleep mode and turn it off when not in use.
-I will use only the lighting I need and turn off the lights when I leave a room.
-I will take the stairs instead of using elevators whenever possible.
-I will unplug equipment that uses standby energy when I am planning on being away for a long period of time.
-I will replace frequently-used older light bulbs with efficient LEDs.

A brief description of how representative samples were reached (if applicable) and how the cultural assessment is administered:
The Sustainability Survey was emailed to all students, faculty and staff through Tech Times, TN Tech's electronic communication system. Students, faculty, and staff that included their email because they wanted more information were then added on an email list.

The Green Pledge is offered as a link through the TN Tech webpage. The Office of Sustainability is immediately notified when students take this pledge.

A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment, including a description of any measurable changes over time:
Data is collected from every survey submitted and is then recorded on an excel spreadsheet. Attached below is a survey over the TN Tech BikeShare program and all of the responses recorded.

Concerning the TN Tech Green Pledge, an email is automatically sent to the TTUGreen email that confirms that a student, faculty, or staff has taken the survey.

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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