Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.18
Liaison Suzanne Wood
Submission Date April 3, 2020
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STARS v2.1

University of Massachusetts Medical School
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 1.00 Suzanne Wood
Sustainability & Energy Manager
Facilities Managment
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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::
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 cultural assessment was developed during the baselining for updating UMMS climate action and sustainability plan in the fall of 2019. It was developed to assess the UMMS community's understanding of sustainability, sustainability values, and interest and knowledge in UMMS sustainability efforts.

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:

Indicate your agreement with:
Q34:"My job or studies at UMMS allows me to positively impact sustainability at UMMS."
Q35: "The university understands the value of sustainability and encourages and supports sustainability."
Q36: "I feel informed about what is going on at UMMS about sustainability."

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

The cultural assessment was administered online through email outreach and the sustainability newsletter to staff, students, and faculty. The survey has 500 responses broken out to 12% student responses, 20% faculty responses, and 30% staff responses and the rest of the responses identifying as other specific or unspecific staff roles.

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

The results show that the UMMS community is in general not aware of UMMS climate commitments and sustainability efforts, but the people who responded care about climate change and think that UMMS has a role and responsibility in addressing climate mitigation and adaptation.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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