Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.78
Liaison Dennis Cochrane
Submission Date Feb. 18, 2021

STARS v2.2

Virginia Tech
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Nathan King
Sustainability Manager
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of the sustainability literacy of its students?:

Which of the following best describes the literacy assessment? The assessment is administered to::
A subset of students or a sample that may not be representative of the predominant student body

Which of the following best describes the structure of the assessment? The assessment is administered as a::
Pre- and post-assessment to the same cohort or to representative samples in both a pre- and post-test

A copy of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment(s):
A list or sample of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment or the website URL where the assessment tool may be found:

See attached document

A brief description of how the literacy assessment was developed and/or when it was adopted:

The literacy assessment and cultural assessment were developed internally by Office of Sustainability staff and administered during the fall 2020 semester. The survey was deployed on September 16, 2020 and a follow-up assessment is planned for deployment in February 2021.

A brief description of how a representative sample was reached (if applicable) and how the assessment(s) were administered :

The assessments were administered through Qualtrics and was made available to Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff by being posted on the office of sustainability website. Furthermore, it was distributed via email through our Green Office Certification program to representatives from several different departments across campus including business, engineering, natural resources, agriculture, student affairs, liberal arts, etc.

A brief summary of results from the literacy assessment(s):

The first literacy assessment shows that 1/3 to 1/2 of respondents were lacking in general knowledge of sustainability concepts, issues, and challenges. Data showed that respondents had a greater knowledge of climate/environmental concepts and slightly less knowledge of interconnected social issues involving food, education, etc.

Website URL where information about the sustainability literacy assessment is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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