Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 48.07
Liaison Tony Gillund
Submission Date May 9, 2017
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STARS v2.1

The Ohio State University at Lima
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 James Heinen
AASHE STARS Program Coordinating Student
Energy Services 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)?:

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:
What is the most common cause of pollution of streams and rivers?
a. Dumping of garbage by cities
b. Surface water running off yards, city streets, paved lots, and farm fields
c. Litter near streams and rivers
d. Waste dumped by factories
e. Don't know

Ozone forms a protective layer in the earth's upper atmosphere. What does ozone protect us from?

a. Acid rain
b. Climate change
c. Sudden changes in temperature
d. Harmful UV rays
e. Don't know

Which of the following is an example of sustainable forest management?
a. Setting aside forests to be off limits to the public
b. Never harvesting more than what the forest produces in new growth
c. Producing lumber for nearby communities to build affordable housing
d. Putting the local communities in charge of forest resources
e. Don’t know

Of the following, which would be considered living in the most environmentally sustainable way?
a. Recycling all recyclable packaging
b. Reducing consumption of all products
c. Buying products labeled "eco" or "green"
d. Buying the newest products available
e. Don't know

A brief description of how the literacy assessment was developed and/or when it was adopted:
During discussion with key contacts on the Columbus campus that were utilized in the Columbus campus reporting of AASHE STARS, Energy Services and Sustainability selected questions from that survey to administer this year to the regional campuses.

A brief description of how a representative sample was reached (if applicable) and how the assessment(s) were administered :
The survey was administered through email to the entire student body and all employees (faculty and staff) to ensure that a comprehensive data set could be collected.

A brief summary of results from the literacy assessment(s), including a description of any measurable changes over time:
Utilizing the Qualtrics Survey administration tool, exportation of the results took place roughly 21 days after administration to the regional campuses. Upon exportation of the results, Energy Services and Sustainability compared the responses rates of campuses against one another to get a baseline understanding of the literacy in certain areas of sustainability at the regional campuses of The Ohio State University.

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:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.