Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.15
Liaison Jessica Bilecki
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of the Pacific
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 1.00 Kelsey Smith
Sustainability Coordinator
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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:

A short survey was generated in Fall of 2019 to assess awareness about campus sustainability and attitudes towards recycling. Questions were drafted and revised by Sustaining Pacific 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 survey is given to RA's during sustainability orientations and at sustainability tabling events. At the tabling events, students are mostly first year students. Paper surveys are provided and later entered by student staff into a digital spreadsheet. Of the respondents, 91% lived on campus and 9% lived off campus.

A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:

About 2.5% of Stockton students completed the survey. Of those, 91% lived on campus and 9% lived off campus. 37% responded correctly when asked which statement best describes sustainability with a response of "Balancing environmental, social and economic systems”. Other top answers were "Recycling" (18%), and "Being good to the environment" (18%). A majority of students do not practice reuse when it comes to taking food to-go from the University Center. 17% said that they use a reusable clamshell through Pacific’s Tiger To-Go program when getting food to go even though 44% were aware of the program. This will inform future efforts to better market the program and remove barriers for example, by highlighting the benefits of the program and giving away free eco-clamshells.

When asked what sustainable living topics they are most interested in, students indicated that they are most interested in energy savings, sustainable living on a budget, green cleaning and water savings. These responses will inform our future workshops and programs. When asked how important access to certain campus resources are for their quality of life on campus, the leading items were access to recycling, access to a kitchen and STRIPES (safe transportation).

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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