Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 63.21
Liaison Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Submission Date June 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Wisconsin-River Falls
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of 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:

UWRF conducted a sustainability culture survey in April 2019 with the anticipation that the survey is completed every few years. As we have not yet done a follow up survey, we are listing this as without a follow-up assessment at this time. The assessment includes demographics, awareness of current UWRF sustainability initiatives, desired UWRF sustainability initiatives, and people's values, behaviors, and beliefs as they relate to campus sustainability.

UWRF also participates in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) each year. UWRF specifically participated in the Sustainability Education Consortium in 2019.

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

The survey was directly emailed out to all students and employees.

A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:


- 70% of employees and 71% of students understand that sustainability should focus on social, environmental, and economic impacts.
- 94% of students believe climate change is a very serious or somewhat serious global problem
- 96% of students believe climate change is a result of human activity
- 87% of students feel sustainability is important to them and/or their future career goals

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:

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