Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.38
Liaison Olivia Shehan
Submission Date Nov. 13, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Wellesley College
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
1.00 / 1.00 Dorothea Von Herder
Sustainability Coordinator
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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:

The cultural assessment is a section of Wellesley's sustainability literacy assessment. The first sustainability literacy assessment / cultural assessment was administered in the Spring of 2018. The assessment itself was developed by members of the Office of Sustainability and the Sustainability Committee during the preceding months of the academic year.

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 assessment was sent via e-mail from the Wellesley Office of Institutional Research to every student. Participating in the assessment was incentivized so that a representative sample of Wellesley students, not just those interested in sustainability issues, participated.

The same, but improved, assessment will be given to all incoming first years in the Fall of 2018. This will also serve as a representative sample of the school, apart from grade. This will serve as a kind of pre-test to the post-test administered in the Spring of 2018.

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

The results indicate that some sustainability programs at Wellesley are well-known in the college community, such as the composting program and the bike share program. Other sustainability initiatives, such as dual-stream recycling or the cogeneration plant, are less well known and are potential targets of educational campaigns.

Recycling and using sustainable modes of transportation were the most practiced sustainable activities reported by students.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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