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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 34.35
Liaison Rose Armour
Submission Date Sept. 16, 2018
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STARS v2.1

American University of Sharjah
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Ryan Highland
Sustainability Engagement
AUS Sustainability
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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::
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:

Sustainable Campus Initiative: Sustainability Action Program 2016-2017
Purpose of the research: The research attempts to gain a greater understanding of
(American University of Sharjah) campus behaviors and attitudes concerning

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 survey was campus wide, distributed by email and via social media to all AUS community members. The survey was supported by Qualtrics survey software.

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

The implementation process began by running pre-surveys in order to
quantitatively and qualitatively determine habits across the community. The survey questioned sustainability behaviors such as commuting, water usage, recycling and feelings towards AUS sustainability processes. For example on the topic of water usage, it was determined that only 32.7% of the community limit
their water use in order to conserve resources, and a relatively smaller portion of
the community was willing to limit water use through methods including taking
shorter showers, 23.6%, or reduce irrigation areas, 16.1%. Data was also collected
to determine plastic bottle waste, and it was shown that 88.1% of the community
always preferred bottled water, with 48.5% opting for the individual bottles and the
remainder opting for water coolers.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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