Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.42
Liaison Mary-Lee Townsend
Submission Date Feb. 1, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Western University
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Connor Donald
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Management
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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::
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 sustainability culture survey was first implemented in the 2016-2017 academic year, and it was developed by the Manager, Sustainability in collaboration with members of the President’s Advisory Committee on Environment and Sustainability (PACES).

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:

Which of the following are recyclable at Western? Choose all that apply.
a. Coffee cups
b. Sandwich wrappers
c. Plastic water bottles
d. Newspaper
e. Magazines
f. Candy wrappers
g. Beverage containers (i.e., milk and juice cartons)
h. Glass jars
i. Plastic straws
j. Styrofoam
k. Pop cans

9. Western wants to become a Zero Waste-certified campus by 2022, which means we would divert 90% or more of our waste from landfill. What is Western’s current diversion rate ? (choose the correct answer)
a. 15%
b. 25%
c. 50%
d. 90% (we are already at Zero Waste levels)
e. I don’t know

10. What environmental issue do you see as more prevalent on campus? (short answer)
11. Western is always looking to provide more opportunities for students, staff and faculty to learn more about sustainability-related issues. From the following list, please select all topics you would like to learn more about.
a. Principles and frameworks of sustainability
b. Green Buildings at Western
c. Waste (waste management, waste audits)
d. Water
e. Energy
f. Food (local food sourcing, food preparation, food security)
g. Transportation
h. Certifications (Fairtrade, Zero Waste, LEED)
i. Climate Change
j. Other (please specify)

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

The survey was available to all students, staff and faculty. A campus-wise email was sent to all applicable stakeholders.

A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment, including a description of any measurable changes over time:

The assessment was only completed this spring, therefore the results are still being tabulated. No significant changes have been made since the release of this survey.

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:

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