Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.98
Liaison Jay Price
Submission Date March 6, 2020
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STARS v2.1

University of Tennessee at Knoxville
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 4.00 Jay Price
Sustainability Manager
Facilities Services
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of the sustainability literacy of its students (i.e. an assessment focused on student knowledge of sustainability topics and challenges)?:
Yes

Which of the following best describes the literacy assessment? The assessment is administered to::
A subset of students or a sample that may not be representative of the predominant student body

Which of the following best describes the structure of the assessment? The assessment is administered as a::
Standalone evaluation without a follow-up assessment of the same cohort or representative samples

A copy of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment(s):
A sample of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment or the website URL where the assessment tool may be found:

The “greenhouse effect” refers to:
An ecosystem’s “carrying capacity” refers to:
"Sustainability" with regard to natural resources means:
Which one of the conditions below is a potential effect of climate change?
Ozone forms a protective layer in the earth's upper atmosphere. What does ozone protect us from?
Climate change is caused by increasing global average temperatures. How will this “global warming” affect places around the world in the near future?
What is the most common reason that an animal species become extinct?
Which of the following is an example of environmental justice?
Which of the following is NOT an effect of buying products that are Fair Trade certified?
Per capita emissions, the emissions produced by the average individual, are highest in which country?
Which of the following is the most effective habit to reduce creating waste?
Approximately what percentage of waste in the US is recycled?
(Please contact UTK Sustainability for more sample questions)


A brief description of how the literacy assessment was developed and/or when it was adopted:

The UT Office of Sustainability collaborated with a group of students taking a Sustainability Psychology course during the Spring 2017 semester. The completed survey was distributed electronically to a random sample of the campus population, including students, faculty, and staff.


A brief description of how a representative sample was reached (if applicable) and how the assessment(s) were administered :

The assessment was distributed electronically via Qualtrics to a randomized sample of student, faculty and staff emails obtained from the Office of Strategic Enrollment Reporting and Analysis.


A brief summary of results from the literacy assessment(s), including a description of any measurable changes over time:

The environmental portion of the survey had a high number of correct responses, averaging at 87.73% percent correct for each question. All participants answered 75.21% of the questions correctly under the economic portion. Participants answered 48.44% of the questions under the social portion correctly.


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