Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.17
Liaison Emily Vollmer
Submission Date May 16, 2024

STARS v2.2

Virginia Tech
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Nathan King
Sustainability Manager
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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 starting December 2023. The survey was deployed to a majority of students/faculty/staff in January 2024 and a follow-up assessment is planned for deployment at the end of the semester in late April 2024.

A brief description of how a representative sample was reached (if applicable) and how the assessment(s) were administered :
The assessments were administered through Google Forms 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 Climate Action Sustainability and Energy Committee (CASEC) to representatives from several different departments across campus including business, engineering, natural resources, agriculture, student affairs, liberal arts, etc. It was also distributed through our CALL faculty framework meeting.

A brief summary of results from the literacy assessment(s):
The first literacy assessment shows that a majority of respondents were undergraduates and a majority were female (~80%). Results show that 1/4 of respondents were lacking in general knowledge of sustainability concepts, issues, and challenges. Data showed that respondents generally had a excellent knowledge of climate/environmental concepts (~80%) and less knowledge of interconnected social issues (~30 - 40%) involving food, education, water use, etc. This represents an increase in knowledge since the 2020 assessment for campus.

Website URL where information about the sustainability literacy assessment is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.