Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 46.35
Liaison Alan Burr
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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University of Wisconsin-Platteville
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Amy Seeboth-Wilson
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Management
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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:

We first did this survey in 2015 but only included students that year. In 2017 we did both students and faculty, and we intend to continue every other year with both groups. To develop the survey, we used a sampling of the same questions used by many AASHE institutions (Roosevelt University, UW-La Crosse, The Ohio State University, University of Maryland, etc) so we could compare our results to a broader sampling. We also added questions that we were interested in.

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:

The student survey is attached. We ask recipients about their familiarity with sustainability and whether they would like to see a series of more sustainability features on campus.

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

We conducted on online survey administered to a representative sampling of all UW-Platteville students and to ALL faculty and staff (not a representative sampling) during April of 2017. Specifically, the survey was administered to 3,379 students that were equally distributed across gender and enrollment year, and all 1070 faculty and staff. Each recipient could only respond once and responses were kept anonymous (we could not connect responses to individuals). We had a response rate of 22.55% for students and 40.93% for faculty/staff.

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

We ask a series of question such as "how interested are you in having campus provide.. xxx" and students are very interested in more renewable energy on campus, more energy efficiency, landfill reduction, and native planting on campus. We also asked "Prior to this survey, have you heard the term "sustainability" used at UW-Platteville?" In 2015 74% of students said "yes" and in 2017 71% of students said "yes".

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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