Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 77.90
Liaison Katie Maynard
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of California, Santa Barbara
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jewel Persad
Sustainability Manager
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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:
The Communications Subcommittee of the Chancellor's Sustainability Committee developed the survey in 2008 in consultation with several subcommittees and stakeholder groups across campus. The group also worked with Professor Eric Smith and his graduate students on developing question format and testing. Once that process was complete, it was then reviewed and approved by the Chancellor's Sustainability Committee. Each year the survey is updated by the Communications Subcommittee in consultation with sustainability staff across the campus.

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 survey is sent our through our Institutional Research, Planning, & Assessment Office who generates a representative sample of students for us to survey. The representative sample they generate matches the demographics of the population on campus.

A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:
Of our nearly 300 participants in the 2019 survey, many are using reusable items (shopping bags, coffee cups, etc., buying recycled materials, buying cleaning solutions that are environmentally preferable, composting, and participating in other sustainability related actions regularly. There was a slight increase in 2019 of respondents who felt it was very important that the University achieve zero waste and carbon neutrality, as compared to 2017.

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:
A representative sample of undergraduate students are surveyed on odd years and a representative sample of faculty, staff, and graduate students are surveyed on even years.

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