Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 77.18
Liaison Daimon Eklund
Submission Date Oct. 12, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Washington, Seattle
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Claudia Frere-Anderson
UW Sustainability
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of sustainability culture (i.e. the assessment focuses on sustainability values, behaviors and beliefs, and may also address awareness of campus sustainability initiatives)?:

Which of the following best describes the cultural assessment? The assessment is administered to::
The entire campus community (students, staff and faculty), 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:
UW Sustainability invites students, faculty, and staff to participate in the Sustainable Choices Survey at the beginning and end of each academic year.

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:
How would you rank UW among other universities in the area of sustainability? Knowledge of UW Programs Do you think campus sutainability efforts help attract students to the UW? If making sustainable choices could save you money personally or in your department on campus, would you be more likely to make sustainable choices? Do you have interest in helping the UW improve its sustainability performance in areas like resource conservation, alternative transportation, diversity, etc.? Please indicate the percentage of time that you choose to take public transportation instead of driving when traveling to and from campus. Please indicate the percentage of time that you choose to walk or bike instead of driving a car or carpooling when traveling to and from campus. What percentage of time do you buy organically grown food rather than conventionally grown food? What percentage of time do you use a reusable water bottle? How often do you turn off the lights in an empty room? How often do you intentionally purchase an environmentally preferable item (e.g. organic produce, paper that is made of recycled content, an appliance that is Energy Star rated, used instead of new item)? How often do you intentionally purchase a item that is made or sold by a women- or minority-owned business?

A brief description of how representative samples were reached (if applicable) and how the cultural assessment is administered:
Invitations to participate in the survey are sent out to students, faculty, and staff through campus-wide newsletters and social media. The survey is administered electronically through an online assessment tool.

A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment, including a description of any measurable changes over time:
Although previous surveys have been used on campus, the Sustainable Choices Survey was conceptualized in 2017 and launched in the 2018-2019 academic year starting with summer 2018 quarter. The sample size for summer quarter 2018 will become available in September 2018.

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

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
The UW participated in the 2018 Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL), an international research program focused on understanding the influences of higher education in shaping socially responsible leadership capacity and other leadership related outcomes. The UW is one of 350 institutions who have participated in this study that is working to promote more effective, evidence-based college student leadership development efforts. https://www.leadershipstudy.net/

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