Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.86
Liaison Nadia Harduar
Submission Date June 19, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Ontario Institute of Technology
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Nadia Harduar
Asset and Sustainability Planner
Office of Campus Infrastructure and Sustainability
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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::
The entire campus community (students, staff and faculty), 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 sustainability literacy assessment includes questions focusing on culture and personal values, behaviours and awareness of campus sustainability. It was developed and distributed in November 2018, with a follow up in April 2019.

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

The cultural assessment is shared to the entire campus through various channels, including facebook, instagram, emails, banners and posters and word of mouth. Through contacting various departments, Student Life, Student Union and the span of our social media, a representative group is met.

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

There was a reduced sample size in the post-assessment due to exams and the end of semester; however based on the results the sustainability opinions and values of both samples (pre- and post- assessment) strongly agreed that 'it is important for young adults to understand sustainability'.
A larger percentage strongly agreed that 'Environmental stewardship should have priority over economic prosperity' (33% vs 39%, pre- and post- assessment, respectively). Both sample populations were aware of campus sustainability efforts and programs on campus. Both assessments reviled that the campus community would 'like to learn more about sustainability', 'participate in workshops relating to sustainability practices and most strongly agreed 'it is important to live sustainably so future generations are not negatively impacted'.
They also strongly agreed that 'It is important for young adults to understand sustainability'.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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