Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 76.71
Liaison Gioia Thompson
Submission Date Feb. 6, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Vermont
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Gioia Thompson
Sustainability Strategist
UVM 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::
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:

In fall of 2022 the Office of Sustainability reissued a set of questions from its 2019 Cultural Assessment Survey to get feedback from the campus community that would inform the development of a Comprehensive Sustainability Plan. This survey focused on understanding the sustainability priorities of students, faculty and staff as well as their impressions of the University's existing sustainability efforts.

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:

Please rate whether or not you agree with the following statements:
Strongly disagree / Disagree / Neither agree nor disagree / Agree / Strongly agree

UVM has a responsibility to be a leader in sustainability.
I'm aware of the existing efforts to increase sustainability on campus.
UVM should do more to respond to sustainability challenges.
A UVM education adequately prepares students for an uncertain future due to climate change.
UVM’s sustainability reputation influenced my decision to learn here or work here.
UVM does enough to justify its sustainability reputation.
Sustainability is one of UVM’s values.
There is a culture of sustainability within the campus community.

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

The survey was administered to the entire community and advertised by email and posters. There was an incentive of a gift card for participation. There were 303 total responses. 69% of responses were from students who represent 79% of the campus community. 31% of responses were from employees who represent 24% of the campus community.

A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:

Most respondents believed both that UVM is a sustainability leader and needs to do more. Many comments expressed interest in more use of campus as a living laboratory for sustainability. See uploaded chart for changes over time, which were not analyzed for statistical significance.

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

Note that there are slight differences in the wording of some of the questions between 2018, 2019 and 2022 but they are similar enough for comparison.

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