Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.27
Liaison Alice Goupilleau
Submission Date July 19, 2023

STARS v2.2

Université Téluq
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Hubert Corbeil
Conseiller à la direction générale
Direction générale
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of the sustainability literacy of its students?:

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 list or 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 not a UN sustainability goal?
Climate action
Quality education
Clean water and sanitation
Circular economy
Don’t know
- Which of the following concepts correspond to the three pillars commonly used as a model for sustainability?
Environment, society and governance
Society, governance and economy
Environment, society and economy
Don’t know
- According to the United Nations, what is sustainability?
The development of a society that protects ecosystems while ensuring economic growth.
Creating a public welfare system that ensures universal access to education, health care and social services.
The desire to meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
I don’t know
- Which of the following eco-friendly actions is considered to have the most potential to reduce the impact of digital activities on the environment?
Limit yourself to the minimum number of devices you need, refusing to buy new, non-essential electronic devices
Clean up your email
Reduce the resolution of videos
Don’t know
- True or false:
One third of the food produced in the world is lost or thrown away;
Digital activities represent about 1% of Quebec’s greenhouse gas emissions;
People from all socio-economic classes are equally affected by the effects of climate change, but for different reasons;
Carbon dioxide emissions from most plant-based products are much lower than those from most animal-based products;
Almost all plastics, 99%, are made from fossil fuels;
The term “food desert” refers to an arid region unsuitable for agriculture.

A brief description of how the literacy assessment was developed and/or when it was adopted:
The sustainability literacy assessment was developed entirely by employees who are responsible for integrating sustainability practices at Université TÉLUQ (Sustainability team). The Sustainability team developed a survey to assess the level of sustainability literacy and the sustainability culture within the institution (employees and students).

A brief description of how a representative sample was reached (if applicable) and how the assessment(s) were administered :
The survey was emailed to the entire Université TÉLUQ community (employees [including professors] and students), with the option to respond or not, and it was available between March 7 and March 29, 2023. A total of 383 students and 217 employees completed the entire survey.

A brief summary of results from the literacy assessment(s):
The results of the assessment indicate that 42% of employees and 48% of students are familiar with the UN’s SDGs (they knew that having a circular economy is not an SDG);
Almost all students know that the environment is a component of sustainability (+ 88%);
More than half of respondents, 52% of employees and 57% of students, know the three pillars of sustainability (environment, society and economy);
About half of employees (52%) and students (49%) are familiar with the United Nations definition of sustainability;
The majority of employees (83%) and students (85%) know that limiting themselves to the minimum number of electronic devices needed is the action that has the greatest potential to reduce their impact on the environment, compared to the other actions identified (use);
The vast majority (93% of employees and 90% of students) are aware that one third of the food produced in the world is lost or thrown away.

Website URL where information about the sustainability literacy assessment is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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