Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 36.66
Liaison Howard Ways
Submission Date Feb. 17, 2012
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University of the District of Columbia
ER-13: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Joshua Lasky
Sustainability Manager
Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
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Has the institution conducted a sustainability literacy assessment?:

Did the assessment include a baseline evaluation of students and then a follow-up evaluation of the same cohort?:

A copy of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment:
A copy of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment :

A brief description of how the assessment was developed:

The assessment was developed by UDC Sustainability Initiative staff using the Meredith College sustainability literacy assessment as a model.

A brief description of how the assessment was administered:

The assessment was administered to Professor Josh Lasky's spring 2011 course, Introduction to Environmental Science and Sustainability. There were 20 students enrolled in the course, none of whom were Environmental Science majors and many were enrolled to meet a degree requirement for natural sciences. The "pre-assessment" was administered on the first day of the course, and the "post-assessment" was administered on the last day of the course.

A brief summary of results from the assessment:

The results were incredibly positive, as measured by the responses indicated below.

Statement: “I am aware of and have an excellent understanding of environmental issues.”
Before: 27% Agree After: 100% Agree Change: + 73%

Statement: “Right now, my daily behavior reflects my understanding of environmental issues.”
Before: 47% Agree After: 93% Agree Change: + 46%

Statement: “It is important for young adults to understand environmental issues.”
Before: 53% Strongly Agree After: 80% Strongly Agree Change: + 27%

Statement: “I engage in environmental practices because I find it personally rewarding.”
Before: 40% Agree After: 87% Agree Change: + 47%

Statement: “I recycle plastic, aluminum, paper and cardboard when possible.”
Before: 67% Always, Usually, or Sometimes After: 100% Always, Usually, or Sometimes Change: + 33%

Statement: “I use as little water as necessary in the kitchen and bathroom.”
Before: 47% Always or Usually After: 87% Always or Usually Change: + 40%

The website URL where information about the literacy assessment is available:

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