Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.87
Liaison Cindy Shea
Submission Date Dec. 23, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Cindy Shea
Director, Sustainability Office
Campus Enterprises
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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::
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 cultural assessment was created by the Sustainability Office and adopted in 2018.

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:

Before today,were you familiar with the Three Zeros Environmental Initiative’s goals?YES or NO
Net zero water usage
Zero waste to landfills
Net zero greenhouse gas emissions

Rank your concern about the environment: 5 options Extremely Concerned to Not concerned

Tell us how confident you are in your ability to practice these sustainable behaviors: 5 options Not at all confident to very confident
Conserve energy
Walk, bike, bus or carpool
Make sustainable food choices
Conserve water
Shut the sash after using a fume hood
Advocate for political action
Demand corporate social responsibilty

Did UNC's sustainability efforts factor into your decision to attend Carolina?
Have you taken a class at Carolina that incorporated sustainability concepts?
Does your major or minor focus on environmental issues?
Select the three most important UNC zero waste/net zero water/ net zero greenhouse gas emissions programs to you: 7-9 options per category
Which strategies do you either already do or would be willing to try? Pick five out of 12.
What is the best way to share UNC Sustainability updates with you? 9 options
Would you like to receive the monthly Three Zeros newsletter? name and email
Do you have an idea that would help UNC reach our Three Zeros goals?
Are you already working on a project that contributes to a Three Zeros goal?

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

The cultural assessment was first conducted in September 2018. The second was administered in October 2019.
These surveys were administered during Three Zeros Day, a large, outdoor event. Faculty, staff and students were encouraged to participate. Survey takers were rewarded with free ice cream.

A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:

The 2019 survey showed that:

When asked to rank their concern about the environment, 46% of student respondents reported they were “Extremely Concerned” and 43% were “Concerned.”

Almost 18% of students surveyed reported that UNC’s sustainability efforts factored into their decision to attend Carolina.

68% of students surveyed had not taken a class at Carolina that incorporated sustainability concepts.

77% reported that they did NOT have a major or minor which a focused on environmental issues.

48% of respondents reported that they were aware of the Three Zeros Environmental Initiative. This percentage did not changed significantly since the 2018 survey.

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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