Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 76.79
Liaison Mike Wilson
Submission Date Jan. 27, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Victoria
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 4.00 John Ho
Sustainability Coordinator
Campus Planning and Sustainability
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of the sustainability literacy of its students (i.e. an assessment focused on student knowledge of sustainability topics and challenges)?:
Yes

Which of the following best describes the literacy assessment? The assessment is administered to::
A subset of students or a sample that may not be representative of the predominant student body

Which of the following best describes the structure of the assessment? The assessment is administered as a::
Standalone evaluation without a follow-up assessment of the same cohort or representative samples

A copy of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment(s):
A sample of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment or the website URL where the assessment tool may be found:

There is a link to the survey on the uvic.ca/sustainability homepage.

Link to survey:
http://fluidsurveys.com/s/u-vic-survey-jan-2015/


A brief description of how the literacy assessment was developed and/or when it was adopted:

The Sustainability Literacy Assessment was released in January of 2015 and was created in collaboration with Prism Engineering, who provide support and consultation on energy conservation initiatives through BC Hydro. This assessment was made available to the entire campus community and participants were automatically entered in for a draw for UVic Bookstore gift certificates.

The assessment is located on the homepage of uvic.ca/sustainability and was also distributed through direct emails to faculty and a paid social media advertisement to reach each campus demographic.


A brief description of how a representative sample was reached (if applicable) and how the assessment(s) were administered :

The online survey is hosted on uvic.ca/sustainability but was distributed using several methods to ensure that a representative sample from the diverse student population was reached.

Email was the primary means of distribution. For the greater student population, the survey was sent to student groups and posted on social media. Furthermore, a paid advertisement was placed on Facebook to increase the reach. This resulted in a representative sample of staff, students, and faculty.


A brief summary of results from the literacy assessment(s), including a description of any measurable changes over time:

Summary of results (Jan-Apr 2015):

Participation: 176 total responses and there was representation from every faculty. Social Science students, who make up approximately 20% of the student population at UVic, represented the vast majority of the respondents.

Campaign awareness: a large proportion was unaware of the listed initiatives. However, this was expected because the initiatives were highly targeted to specific groups.

Behaviours: this was highly varied depending on the action. See report for more details.

General knowledge: Participants were observed to have a very strong understanding of local and global sustainability information and issues


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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