Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.41
Liaison Marianne Martin
Submission Date March 23, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Colorado Boulder
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Marianne Martin
Associate Director
Environmental Center
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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::
Longitudinally to measure change over time

A brief description of how and when the cultural assessment(s) were developed and/or adopted:

Over summer months from examples at other schools, STARS criteria, and previous campus surveys. Administered to a randomly selected statistically relevant sample of the entire student body and of all faculty and staff. HDS also administers a residential experience survey to all on-campus residents annually.

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:

Fall 2017 assessment distributed to a representative sample of all undergrad and grad students (sample size 3500) and to a representative sample of faculty and staff (sample size 1000). Samples generated by office of Institutional Research. Assessments administered by Qualtrix via email invitation and reminders to participate.

A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment, including a description of any measurable changes over time:

"97% of students indicated that sustainability was either Very or Somewhat important to them now that they are CU Boulder students (6%increase)
92% of students said it was important to them that CU Boulder has a strong commitment to environmental sustainability
78% of students had intentionally chosen a plant-based meal in the previous week.
77% of students who are employed on campus report their office or department regularly practices and advocates sustainability “mostly” or “some” .
48% of students report they are engaged in sustainability oriented events and programs on campus either “moderately” or “extremely”.
33% report that they have engaged in volunteer service in any area of sustainability in the past year.
40% of students report they chose CU in part because of its sustainability reputation (consistent)"

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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