Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.94
Liaison Trey McDonald
Submission Date Oct. 13, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of San Diego
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 1.00 Paula Morreale
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of 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)?:
No
+ Date Revised: July 29, 2019

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:

In April 2015, a survey was sent out to all students, faculty, and staff to participate. The survey mainly focused on alternative transportation and the importance of reducing USD's carbon footprint. We received 1,510 responses. This information helped to guide the goals and measures of the Climate Action Plan.


A copy or sample of the questions related to sustainability culture:
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A sample of the questions related to sustainability culture or the website URL where the assessment tool is available:

Please indicate your primary method of traveling to USD.
How many people are in your carpool (typically)?
How many days in an average week do you use this method of travel to get to USD?
Please indicate your secondary method of traveling to USD.
How many days in an average week do you use this method of travel to get to USD?
If you mostly drive to campus, what is the main reason?
What kind of vehicle do you use when you drive to campus (including carpool vehicles)?
What model year is the vehicle?
What type of fuel does the vehicle use?
What is the average miles per gallon that the vehicle gets?
Are USD's transportation programs meeting your needs?
How much of an impact do you think your commuting/not commuting has on USD's carbon footprint?
How important is it for USD to reduce its impact on the environment?
Please rate the following in order of the things you think would be most effective in increasing alternative transportation:
-Sheltered bicycle parking
-Reserved parking for carpool vehicles
-Reduced parking fees for carpools
-Guaranteed ride home program
-Bicycle lanes
-Sidewalk improvement
-Reduced price mass transit passes
-Increased tram schedule
-Vanpool program
-Other (please indicate)


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

A link to the survey was sent to all students, faculty, and staff to participate.


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

We learned that 65% of students and 85% of faculty and staff primarily commute to campus in a personal vehicle. The biggest incentives to increase alternative transportation are to have reserved parking for carpool vehicles, reduced parking fees for carpool vehicles and increased tram schedule. 65% of respondents said it is very important or extremely important for USD to reduce its impact on the environment.


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