Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 77.34
Liaison Sally DeLeon
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Maryland, College Park
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 1.00 Sally DeLeon
Acting Manager
Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk
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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::
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:
The assessment was part of the 2018 Beginning Student Survey (BSS). The BSS is an annual survey administered to first-year students every fall by the Campus Assessment Working Group (CAWG) Beginnings subcommittee. The Beginnings subcommittee designed the assessment during the summer of 2018 and consulted with staff members in Facilities Management and the Department of Resident Life. CAWG had last assessed the university’s sustainability culture in 2008 and 2009, and used the survey questions from those surveys as a starting point to design the 2018 assessment.

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:
https://irpa.umd.edu/CAWG/Surveys/BSS/bss18.pdf

A brief description of how representative samples were reached (if applicable) and how the cultural assessment is administered:
The sustainability assessment was part of the 2018 Beginning Student Survey (BSS), an annual paper survey administered 8-10 weeks into the Fall semester to a convenience sample of new first-time students. The survey is administered to students in certain first-year courses, such as English 101, University 100, and Honors 100. In 2018, 3,191 of the 6,050 new first-time undergraduates to campus completed the survey. Students who are identified as female in the university’s Student Information System and White respondents were slightly overrepresented, and students identified as male and Asian respondents were underrepresented in the sample compared to the population.

A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:
https://irpa.umd.edu/CAWG/Reports/2019/snapshot_june19.pdf Prior to 2018, the Campus Assessment Working Group last assessed UMD’s sustainability culture in 2008 and 2009. Between those two assessments, the university established many new sustainability initiatives, so we chose not to compare results over time, as the context and sustainability efforts at UMD changed so dramatically.

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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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
2008/2009 Report: https://www.irpa.umd.edu/CAWG/Reports/2010/snapshot_nov10.pdf https://irpa.umd.edu/CAWG/Reports/2010/forum_nov18.pdf

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