Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.05
Liaison Kimberly Reeves
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 1.00 Cerian Gibbes
Associate Professor
Geography & Environmental Studies
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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::
A subset of the campus community or a sample that may not be representative of the entire community

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:

Funded through a Green Action Fund Research Seed Grant in Fall 2018, Dr. Cerian Gibbes, associate professor – Geography & Environmental Studies, in collaboration with student researchers, adapted an existing survey instrument to assess students‘ knowledge, attitudes and behaviors concerning sustainability. The initial survey was administered, and data was collected spring 2021. This work will be extended in fall 2021. The results from this proposed project will serve as a locally relevant foundation upon which future sustainability action can be based.

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:

Please see Michalos et al. 2011 for the original survey. Thirty questions were selected and tested for inclusion in the survey. The 30 questions assess sustainability related knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors, as presented by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO 2006).

A brief description of how representative samples were reached (if applicable) and how the cultural assessment is administered:

The initial sample used a stratified approach that invited research participation from students in campus departments/units engaged in sustainability efforts. Engagement in sustainability efforts was determined through a review of historical records of relevant funding awarded to departments. The sample is not representative of the entire campus.

A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:

We just closed this first round of sampling on May 7th and analysis will be conducted in May 2021.

Website URL where information about the assessment of sustainability culture is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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