Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 85.74
Liaison Mike Wilson
Submission Date Dec. 13, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Victoria
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Claire Irvine
Sustainability Coordinator
Campus Planning and 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::
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 Phase 1 Engagement for the Climate and Sustainability Action Plan (CSAP) was developed through a comprehensive online engagement strategy. The engagement team, in collaboration with the CSAP Integration Steering Committee, utilized the Bang the Table platform to create an online survey and ideas board.

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:

LINK: https://www.uvic.ca/_assets/docs/csap-phase01-engagement-summary.pdf

Sample of Questions:
1. Do you support the vision statement?
2. Would you like to see any changes to the vision statement?
3. What does it mean for UVic to be guided by Indigenous ways of knowing and being?
4. What does it mean for UVic to be a global leader in climate and sustainability action?
5. What actions can UVic take to address climate change and sustainability across academics, research, operations, and community relations?

The ideas board posed the following question related to individual actions for sustainability:
What actions could the UVic community (students, faculty, and staff) take as individuals to address climate change and sustainability?

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

Survey Promotion: Various methods were employed for survey promotion, including social media channels, campus newsletters, list serves, emails from the university president, and the central CSAP website.

Demographics: The survey attracted a wide cross-section of the UVic community, including students, staff, faculty, alumni, and visitors.

Engagement Levels: A total of 4,300 visits were made to the engagement website, with 697 people actively participating by providing comments.

A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:

Summary of Results:

Participation Levels: Out of 4,300 website visits, 697 individuals actively participated in the engagement process.

Demographics: The survey received responses from students, staff, faculty, alumni, and visitors.

Support for Vision Statement: 670 responses were received, with varying levels of support for the draft vision statement.

Changes to Vision Statement: 359 respondents wanted changes, with common themes including the desire for urgency, ambitious targets, and action-oriented language.

Additional Topics: Respondents brought up additional topics related to sustainability and climate action in response to survey questions.

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

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

The UVic Climate and Sustainability Action Plan (CSAP): Phase 1 Engagement Summary link (https://www.uvic.ca/_assets/docs/csap-phase01-engagement-summary.pdf) is an extensive report on how the campus community was included in assessing current sustainability culture, and helping to determine the direction UVic will go in addressing sustainability issues in the future.

The CSAP 2030 is now live: https://www.uvic.ca/about-uvic/climate-sustainability-plan/index.php

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