Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.00
Liaison Jonna Korpi
Submission Date Nov. 4, 2019
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University of Minnesota, Duluth
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 1.00 Ken Gilbertson
Associate Professor
Center for Environmental Education
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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 survey consisted of 76 items assessing knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors around sustainability, and was developed by Dr. Lara LaCaille (Psychology) and

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:

The questions and raw data on sustainability attitudes and beliefs was combined with the knowledge/literacy survey and are available at:

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

Dr. Ken Gilbertson (Environmental Education) during the 2016 academic year.
The survey was sent out via email (CampusLabs Baseline platform) to 3,600 UMD students and 609 employees in September 2016.

We got 572 responses, with 439 complete surveys. The employee response rate was 32.0% and the student response rate = 10.4%.

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

Attitudes & Behaviors
 Likert items (1-5 scale)
 Respondents expressed concern about sustainability (M = 4.1; 4 = “agree”)
 They recognized the role of social, economic, and environmental contributors
to a sustainable world (M = 3.9)
 Respondents recognized their personal responsibility and moral obligation to
contribute to a sustainable worlds (M = 3.9)
 They were less sure that individuals made much of a difference (3.0; 3=”neutral”)
 Although respondents indicated having moderate self-efficacy towards
engaging in environmentally sustainable behaviors (M = 3.6) and intentions (M
=3.7; 4 = ”likely”), they are rarely involved in activities that promote sustainability
(activism, volunteering, donating time/money to organizations) (M = 2 “rarely”)

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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