Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 60.20
Liaison Jonathan Rausseo
Submission Date March 29, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Ottawa
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 1.00 Alexandra Baril
Manager, Community Engagement
Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost
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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:

Various students on behalf of faculties and the Office of Campus Sustainability have carried out sustainability behavioural surveys across campus that feature various topics including: sustainability themed surveys on waste and consumption behaviors, environmental psychology experiments on waste disposal behaviours, sustainable transportation habits, the examination of the effect of environmental messaging on individuals use of reusable mugs.

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:

Surveys were administered by students. No calculation to determine if the sample was representative was undertaken.

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

Results and recommendations are created by students that have administered the surveys based on compiled results of their peers. These recommendations and all of the surveys are additionally compiled and coded by a student working at the Office of Campus Sustainability in order to produce a condensed list of recommendations. These results change year to year and help guide outreach efforts and project ideas undertaken by the Sustainability Office. Changes over time include a general increase in awareness of sustainability programming. Fluctuations in behaviours appear year to year with no specific, measurable changes in student behaviours.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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