Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.01
Liaison Meghna Tare
Submission Date April 3, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Texas at Arlington
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Bhargavi Jeyarajah
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of sustainability culture?:
Yes

Which of the following best describes the cultural assessment? The assessment is administered to::
The entire campus community (students and employees) directly or by representative sample

Which of the following best describes the structure of the cultural assessment? The assessment is administered::
Longitudinally to measure change over time

A brief description of how and when the cultural assessment(s) were developed and/or adopted:

The Sustainability Cultural Assessment was a part of the UTA Sustainability Assessment, the survey that was open to all UTA students, faculty and staff in early 2022. The Office of Sustainability created this assessment to better understand what kind of programming and education is needed at the UTA campus. The cultural assessment asked respondents questions about both how they perceive sustainability at UTA and how much they participate and know about sustainability culture on campus. This survey will be administered at least once a semester in the upcoming years.


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:

14. I believe that UTA values sustainability
1. Strongly agree
2. Agree
3. Neutral
4. Disagree
5. Strongly disagree

15. How familiar are you with the following sustainability-related resources and programs on campus? If the program is not applicable, please select "N/A" to the right

Not familiar Moderately familiar Very familiar N/A
Office of Sustainability ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏
UTA Compost Site ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏
Bike repair stations ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏
Bikeshare Program ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏
Food pantries ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏
Vegan and Vegetarian On-Campus Dining Guide ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏
Mavs Go Green (Student Org) ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏
UTA Volunteers (Student Org) ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏
The Big Event ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏
Alternative Spring Break ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏
UNA Mavs (Student Org) ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏
Office Green Teams Program (For Faculty and Staff) ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏
Faculty Advisory Network on Sustainability (For Faculty) ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏

16. I’m interested in becoming more involved in sustainability at UTA
1. Strongly agree
2. Agree
3. Neutral
4. Disagree
5. Strongly disagree

17. Have you ever volunteered or partaken in any service learning during your time at UTA?
1. Yes
2. No

18. If not, do you plan to?
1. Yes
2. No

19. How do you hear about sustainability opportunities on campus?
1. Follow the Office of Sustainability on Instagram (@gogreenuta)
2. Follow the Office of Sustainability on Twitter (@gogreenuta)
3. Subscribe to Sustainability Quarterly, the Office of Sustainability newsletter
4. Be involved in the Office Green Teams
5. Keep an eye out for sustainability opportunities in the MavWire or Trailblazer
6. Be involved in a sustainability-oriented student group
7. Other __________
8. Not Applicable

20. Do you think you know more about sustainability as a result of your time at UTA?
1. Yes
2. No
3. Other __________

21. Which of these items can be recycled on campus through general recycling bins on campus?

No Yes I'm not sure
Envelopes ❏ ❏ ❏
Styrofoam ❏ ❏ ❏
Cardboard ❏ ❏ ❏
Aluminum cans ❏ ❏ ❏
Used napkins ❏ ❏ ❏
Dead batteries ❏ ❏ ❏
Metal cans ❏ ❏ ❏
Used takeout boxes ❏ ❏ ❏
Plastic grocery bags ❏ ❏ ❏
Colored paper ❏ ❏ ❏

22. If you are a student, do you intend on incorporating sustainability into your life after graduation?
1. Yes, through my daily practices
2. Yes, through my career
3. Yes, through another means
4. No
5. I'm not sure yet
6. NA


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

The survey was distributed through snowball sampling via email though UTA's Sustainability Committee, student organizations, and through professors in class. Respondents took the survey and then distributed it to other potential respondents. Overall, 152 responses were completed and included in the analysis.


A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:

Respondents were most familiar with the food pantries on campus followed by the bikeshare program on campus according to a Likert scale matrix including sustainability programs including the Office of Sustainability, Vegan and Vegetarian Dining Guide, Student organizations, green office program, and other programs.
Respondents scored an average 63.6% on the recycling assessment. The lowest scoring items were plastic grocery bags and dead batteries which are not recycled through conventional recycling bins but are recycled through other special events, bins, and programs.
87.34% of students intend to incorporate sustainability into their lives after graduation through their daily practices, their career, or through other means.


Website URL where information about the assessment of sustainability culture is available:
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