Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 80.84
Liaison Teddy Lhoutellier
Submission Date April 26, 2024

STARS v2.2

University of Miami
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Teddy Lhoutellier
Sustainability Manager
Environmental Health and Safety
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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::
The entire campus community (students and employees) 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:
The Office of Sustainability created a combined sustainability literacy (10 questions) and culture assessment (10 questions) that was administered to the entire campus community via representative sample. The survey was created by assessing questions from successful surveys showcased on the STARS webpage and reviewing what questions would best suit our programming needs.

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:
Question responses range from having a agree/disagree spectrum to free text entry. 1) At UM, new student/employee orientations adequately include and educate about sustainability. 2) At UM, sustainability is visible in first impressions of campus, including through websites, tours, campus signage, and publications. 3) Do you actively recycle on campus or at home? If no, please explain why (lack of recycling services, takes too much time, etc.) 4) Which category of sustainability are you most concerned about? 5) Have you ever searched for the SUST attribute in CaneLink when registering for classes? 6) Would integrating sustainability problem-solving topics, (waste reduction, energy management, etc.), into core classes help you stay interested and motivated academically? 7) Which comes closer to your own view about sustainable food/dining options at the University of Miami? 8) I have visited the GreenU website or attended a GreenU workshop or webinar to learn more about the Green Office, Green Lab, Green Event, or other programs that are offered at UM. 9) My concern towards environmental issues has grown due to the events, activities and and/or courses offered by my campus. 10) What programs would you like to see offered by UM's Office of Sustainability?

A brief description of how representative samples were reached (if applicable) and how the cultural assessment is administered:
A mass email was sent by the UM Communication Department to all staff, faculty and students. To reach additional students, we contacted faculty from different schools on our Coral Gables campus and asked them to administer pre- and post-course surveys to their classes. Results are evaluated through data analytics provided by our survey online tool.

A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:
These are a few of the main takeaways: 1) The majority of students believe that new student orientations do not adequately educate about sustainability on campus, and believe that sustainability should be more evident in signage throughout campus. 2) The vast majority of students and employees recycle, but among those who don't it is mainly due to a lack of services at home or a lack of trust in the recycling system. 3) The majority of students and employees are either unaware of UM's sustainable dining options or that too few sustainable dining options are provided, showing us that we need to better market our sustainable dining program. 4) A majority of students and employees feel that their concern over environmental issues has grown due to UM's course offerings and programming.

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

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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