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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 48.57
Liaison Jennifer McMillin
Submission Date June 15, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Cleveland State University
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jennifer McMillin
Director of Sustainability
Facilities l Architect l Safety l Technology
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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::
Longitudinally to measure change over time

A brief description of how and when the cultural assessment(s) were developed and/or adopted:

A sustainability survey was developed by the Director of Sustainability in 2016 and administered in 2017 as part of the broader Facilities, Architects, Safety and Technology (FAST) Department survey that is distributed annually.


A copy or sample of the questions related to sustainability culture:
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A sample of the questions related to sustainability culture or the website URL where the assessment tool is available:

A sample of sustainability related questions included in the survey:

CSU demonstrates a commitment to environmental sustainability.
Not sure Strongly disagree Disagree Agree Strongly agree

CSU has a responsibility to reduce its environmental impact through energy, water and waste conservation initiatives.
Not sure Strongly disagree Disagree Agree Strongly agree

To what extent is CSU taking action on the following sustainability initiatives?
Not sure No action Minimal Action Average Action Significant Action

Waste (recycling and waste reduction, reuse, etc.)
Energy (efficiency measures, alternative energy use, etc.)
Dining Services (local food, composting, etc.)
Water (conservation strategies, green roofs, etc.)
Transportation (bicycle facilities, promoting alternative transport, etc.)
Buildings (green building, LEED certification, etc.)
Grounds (green infrastructure, reduced irrigation/chemical use, etc.)
Purchasing (Energy Star, green cleaning, recycled content products, etc.)
Climate (carbon reduction strategies, air quality, etc.)

My concern about environmental issues has grown due to events, activities and/or courses offered by CSU.
Not sure Strongly disagree Disagree Agree Strongly agree

The sustainability reputation of my organization matters to me.
Not sure Strongly disagree Disagree Agree Strongly agree


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

The survey was administered electronically to all faculty, staff and students in January 2017. 2,123 responses were received, 76% of which were students.

The survey tool covers a range of topics relating to Facilities Management so it is not skewed toward those predisposed to an interest in sustainability.

Nearly 11% of the campus community responded to the survey. (99% confidence level, confidence interval 2.6).


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

83% of respondents indicated that the sustainability reputation of their organization matters to them.

60% of respondents indicated that their concern about environmental issues has grown due to events, activities and/or courses offered by CSU.

The first longitudinal comparison of results will be available in early 2018.


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.