Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.64
Liaison Casey Meehan
Submission Date Dec. 22, 2020

STARS v2.2

Western Technical College
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 1.00 Casey Meehan
Director of Sustainability and Resilience
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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::
A subset of the campus community or a sample that may not be representative of the entire community

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:

A combination sustainability culture/sustainability literacy assessment was sent to all students via email and also given in person at a student wellness campus event in fall 2018. Questions were developed by sustainability staff at Western and by using surveys performed by the University of Michigan and the University of New Hampshire.

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:

Students and employees with a valid Western ID card can ride the La Crosse public bus (MTU) or Scenic Mississippi Regional Transit (SMRT) bus for free. (T/F)

All of your recycling (paper, plastic, cardboard, glass, and cans) can go into the white recycling bins located throughout the La Crosse campus. (T/F)

The majority of energy used to heat and power Western comes from solar and hydro power. (T/F)

One of Western’s major sustainability goals is to be carbon neutral by 2035. (T/F)

Rank your agreement with each of the following statements:
Sustainability includes cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
My lifestyle has become more sustainable since attending Western.
I considered sustainability when I chose to enroll at Western.
I would take a sustainability course or choose a sustainability related certificate or pathway if I knew more about what is offered at Western.

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

All students had the opportunity to take the assessment; however, no effort was made to make sure responses make up a representative sample.

A brief summary of results from the cultural assessment:

Results indicate that Western students appear no more or less disposed to adopting sustainable behaviors than the general population. Students were aware of some of Western's sustainability activities. Students are most interested in learning about race, poverty, and climate change.

Website URL where information about the assessment of sustainability culture is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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