Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.76
Liaison Aurora Sharrard
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2018
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University of Pittsburgh
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Erika Ninos
Sustainability Program Coordinator
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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::
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 University Sustainability Committee worked with an external consultant to deploy a campus wide sustainability survey in the spring of 2017. The survey was made available through our campus portal My Pitt and intercept interviews were conducted over several months. The goal of the survey was to assess the attitudes of Pitt students, faculty and staff in terms of knowledge and support for current sustainability initiatives. The survey also helped the USC to determine the future course of sustainability initiatives across campus.

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:

How important is the overall Sustainability of Pitt to you?
Do you see Pitt as a leader in sustainable practices?
Do you think Pitt incorporates sustainability into its culture?
What do you feel are the most pressing sustainability issues for Pitt?
Which sustainability-related initiatives do you feel that Pitt should pursue?

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

The online survey was advertised to faculty, students and staff through the My Pitt portal, email listservs, and social media channels by department and division representatives on the University Sustainability Committee. Participants were offered the chance to win gift cards to the University Store on Fifth. The online survey was supplemented by in-person intercept surveys administered by students and our external consultants. Over 1,000 responses were received, including 54% undergraduate students, 13% graduate students, 25% staff, and 6% faculty members.

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

Qualitative Takeaways:
1) There is a lot of sustainability work happening at Pitt. Although we have a lot of successes, we need to get better at celebrating them and telling our stories.
2) We have to be wary of “greenwashing” and acknowledge our shortcomings and challenges.
3) We are too siloed; there needs to be more interaction between operations, academics, research, and athletics.

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

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