Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 45.22
Liaison Mei May
Submission Date Nov. 27, 2019

STARS v2.2

University of Texas at San Antonio
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 1.00 Mei L May
Director Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of sustainability culture?:

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 Office of Sustainability, The UTSA Council on Sustainability, The Student Government Association, The Green Society, 9 for 17, the Movement, and the Texas Sustainable Research Institute ALL reach out to students in an effort to assess the sustainable culture on campus. A more formalized assessment is in the works.

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:

1. What is the definition of “Sustainability”?
2. Why is sustainability so important?
3. What can you do to live a more sustainable life style?
4. What does “Carbon Footprint” mean?
5. What is the connection between water use and energy use?
6. What does it mean to make sustainable purchases?
7. What does the term “upcycle” mean?
8. What does your employer do that promotes sustainable industry?
9. What does your university do that promotes sustainability in academia?
10. What do you do to spread the message of sustainable living?

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

These questions have been published through our social media forums and using onsite events.

A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:

Although many students are aware of some of the sustainability issues, it is clear that their knowledge is limited in scope and depth. There is, however, a subset of the population that is very well informed and actively presses the sustainability agenda on campus. These sustainability leaders have been instrumental in the campus social change dynamic.

Website URL where information about the assessment of sustainability culture is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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