Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.71
Liaison Sharmilla Raj
Submission Date May 6, 2024

STARS v2.2

Toronto Metropolitan University
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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:
A Sustainability Action Plan Survey was administered to the entire campus end of January 2021. About ⅓ of the survey questions were related to sustainability culture on campus. A formal sustainability cultural assessment was developed in August 2023 and was adopted at the beginning of the fall 2023 semester to students and employees.

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:
Part I: Relationship with TMU

Question 1: What is your current student status at TMU?
Undergraduate student
Graduate student
Continuing education student

Question 2: How long have you been a student at TMU?
Less than one
More than 5 years

Question 3: Do you live on campus?

Question 4: What is your program of study?

Question 5: Does your program of study incorporate elements of sustainability, such as courses related to sustainability, even if the program itself is not exclusively centered around sustainability issues?


Part II: Sustainability Campus Culture al Assessment

Question 1: Are you aware that TMU has a Sustainability Office that is committed to strengthening sustainability across all areas of the university?

Question 2: Which of the following best describes your identity in relation to sustainability?
Activist: Sustainability is a major priority to me and a big part of my life and identity; I speak openly to others about my values and beliefs as an environmental and/or social activist
Advocate: Sustainability is a priority for me and I regularly shape my decisions / actions around my value for the environment and society
Concerned: I value sustainability and I try to be environmentally and socially conscious when I can
Neutral: I am aware of sustainability, but it is not a priority for me
Unaware: I have little understanding or awareness of sustainability

A brief description of how representative samples were reached (if applicable) and how the cultural assessment is administered:
The cultural assessment, along with the literacy assessment, was administered as a student survey in September 2023, during orientation week. The students who completed the survey received a succulent and had the opportunity to join a raffle with a chance to win a $150 presto card.


A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:
655 student responses were recorded by the end of September 2023.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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