Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.45
Liaison Bambi Ingram
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2020
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University of Alabama at Birmingham
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Abigail Franks
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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::
Without a follow-up assessment of the same cohort or representative samples of the same population

A brief description of how and when the cultural assessment(s) were developed and/or adopted:
The assessment was completed in the fall of 2017 to kick off UAB's first Sustainability Strategic Planning process. The questions were developed to assess the existing culture of sustainability on campus and guide the development of our sustainability strategic goals. We will again complete this assessment midway through our strategic planning period to see if the efforts of our strategic plan have had any effect.

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:

A brief description of how representative samples were reached (if applicable) and how the cultural assessment is administered:
The assessment was administered through campus-wide email to all students, faculty, and staff. The assessment was posted to the student portal, Blazernet, such that students had to accept or decline participation before gaining access to the portal. The Sustainability working group also directly emailed their respective departments to increase participation from a diverse group of faculty and staff. Sustainability staff also administered the survey to some staff (who lack regular email access) face-to-face. The link to the assessment was also publicized in our campus online publications. We had nearly 3,900 responses composed of about 25% students, 60% staff, and 15% faculty.

A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment, including a description of any measurable changes over time:
The gave a first state of sustainability culture on our campus and shaped the goals for the UAB Sustainability Strategic Plan 2019-2025. In conclusion, it was found that the faculty, staff, and students were more passionate about UAB's efforts in recycling & waste reduction, energy conservation & renewable energy, and sustainability & patient care.

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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