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
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 1.00 Jay Price
Sustainability Manager
Facilities Services
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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:

The UT Office of Sustainability collaborated with a group of students taking a Sustainability Psychology course during the Spring 2018 semester. The completed survey was distributed electronically to a random sample of the campus population, including students, faculty, and staff.

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 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 cultural assessment, including a description of any measurable changes over time:

79% of the sample responded to the survey. The survey showed that sustainable behaviors related to transportation, such as walking, biking, and taking public transit, were less likely to occur in the university population (52% of respondents said that they never walk or bike to school/work, 43% of respondents said that they never use public transit) than other more accessible actions such as recycling (44% of respondents said they always recycle) and turning off lights that are not in use (59% of respondents said that they always turn off lights when not in use) Another study must be completed to determine any measurable changes over time.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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