Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.25
Liaison Meredith Moore
Submission Date Feb. 25, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Meredith Moore
Sustainability Programs Coordinator
Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment
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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::
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::
Longitudinally to measure change over time

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

The Certified Green Office Program serves as a measure of sustainability culture; we have ambitious goals to increase certifications and expand this program to also include labs, events, and Greek chapters.


A copy or sample of the questions related to sustainability culture:
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A sample of the questions related to sustainability culture or the website URL where the assessment tool is available:

(all yes/no prompts):
1. I turn off lights, computer monitors, and other unused devices when I leave the office for the day.
2. I do not use disposable dishware in my office; reusable ware is available to me if I need it.
3. There are labeled recycling bins close to my office and I use them.
4. I use a power strip or some other device to make it easy to turn off monitors and computer peripherals without cutting off the CPU.
5. I use natural lighting instead of turning on electric lights when possible
6. I pull down my window shades when it's hot and pull them up when it's cold.
7. I am making a conscious effort to reduce my paper consumption at the office.
8. I do not purchase bottled water.
9. I use vegetarian options when hosting an event.
10. I do not use disposable coffee pods.
11. I don't purchase any single-use coffee supplies (sugar packets, creamer tubs, stirrers, etc.)
12. Wherever possible, the default setting for any printer I use is 2-sided, black and white.
13. I feel comfortable using our teleconferencing equipment.
14. I know the closest bus routes to my place of work, and that I can use my iCard as a free bus pass.
15. I share bus route information with people visiting our building.
16. We have a shared bike or bike fleet for the office.
17. I rarely use a single-occupancy vehicle if I'm traveling between campus locations.
18. I take a carpool to work.
19. I am a part of a Green Team to help the office become more sustainable.


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

Online via Google Forms; sample is self-selected members and/or a sustainability ambassador of the Green Office.


A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:

Participants show a greater understanding of sustainability and environmentally-conscious behaviors as they advance through the Green Office program.


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