Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.94
Liaison Dennis Cochrane
Submission Date Dec. 19, 2017
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Virginia Tech
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Dennis Cochrane
Director, Office of Sustainability
Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure and Facilities
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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:

During Academic Year 2015-2016 the Energy and Sustainability Committee (university governance) developed the Sustainability Survey for campus-wide distribution. Results were used to create a number of Focus Groups that met and addressed the most popular areas of interest or concerns.

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 Sustainability Survey Link was distributed through department listservs, the campus VT news, and various other outlets.

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

The Sustainability Survey was used for the first time during AY 2015-2016 to gauge the effectiveness of our Sustainability Program. The goal was to determine what areas the university felt we were doing well in and what areas we needed to improve. We also asked for recommendations they had for improvement. Virginia Tech has made tremendous advances in sustainability over the past decade, and we wanted to determine how effective we were in making sure the community was aware of this. We also encourage and seek their participation at the grass roots level. The intent is to use this approach in the future to access changes over time.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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