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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 Silver
Overall Score 48.07
Liaison Kathy Johnson
Submission Date April 21, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Black Hills State University
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Katie Greer
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Services
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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)?:
Yes

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:

The first sustainability culture assessment was administered in the spring of 2017 as a benchmark for our sustainability master plan. The survey measures the campus community's perception of sustainability on campus, their awareness of current programming, how they personally engage in sustainable activities, how they perceive that their peers engage in sustainable activities, and what believe is important for the campus as a whole to work toward.


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:

The entire survey is attached here. Some sample questions are: To what extent is sustainability at BHSU unimportant or important to you? To what extent do you disagree or agree with the following statement? - Sustainability aligns with BHSU's mission, vision, and values. In your opinion, what are some opportunities and/or strategies that could help BHSU be more sustainable?


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

We asked the whole campus community to participate in the survey. The outreach included posters, e-newsletter announcements, flyers in all campus faculty and student mailboxes, social media, and tabling at the Student Union. There was also entry for a drawing for a gift card at the BHSU Bookstore.


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

We learned that 82% of repsondees believe that sustainability is important to them and 83% believe that sustainability aligns with the campus mission. The reasons it is important to our campus community are the environment, responsibility, and health and wellbeing. We were given a campus engagement score of 63 out of 100. We will use this score as a benchmark to measure progress in future years.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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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 and complete the Data Inquiry Form.