Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 85.50
Liaison Breeana Sylvas
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of California, Merced
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Allajah Wheatley
Zero Waste Coordinator
Sustainability Department
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of sustainability culture?:
Yes

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:
The cultural assessment targets UC Merced student, staff, and faculty. The survey was developed using questions that provide perspective of sustainability understanding an knowledge and sustainability habits. The survey was distributed to the entire UC Merced community where participants had to authenticate their affiliation with the campus. The survey was distributed to and open to the community during a three-week time.

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:
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A brief description of how representative samples were reached (if applicable) and how the cultural assessment is administered:
This survey was distributed to every single member of the UC Merced community.

A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:
The survey returned results that highlighted key areas of effective communication and opportunity to expand outreach and knowledge. The results included recommendations from the campus community for more workshops and events for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022. A copy of the proposed workshop and events can be located in optional fields.

A post survey is scheduled in 2023 to provide adequate and sufficient time for the campus and office of sustainability to implement respondent recommendations.

Website URL where information about the assessment of sustainability culture is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
The survey was developed and submitted for review to Institutional Research and Decision Support (IRDS), along with a copy of the credit criteria to assure that the survey was meeting the standards set forth. Once the survey was approved we went through the appropriate channels to distribute the survey through the Office of mass communication on the UC Merced campus, the survey was distributed to every student, staff, and faculty.

The survey was developed and submitted for review to Institutional Research and Decision Support (IRDS), along with a copy of the credit criteria to assure that the survey was meeting the standards set forth. Once the survey was approved we went through the appropriate channels to distribute the survey through the Office of mass communication on the UC Merced campus, the survey was distributed to every student, staff, and faculty.

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