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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 Gold
Overall Score 68.01
Liaison Andrew Predmore
Submission Date March 2, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Indiana University Bloomington
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Makayla Bonney
Assistant Director
IU Office of 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)?:
Yes

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::
Longitudinally to measure change over time

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

A representative sample of IU students across all disciplines was surveyed in January 2017. The assessment utilized the Theory of Planned behavior to determine student attitudes, social norms, and perceived behavioral control of sustainable behaviors related to waste reduction, food, transportation, and printing.

Participants were surveyed via email.


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:

Below is a list of behaviors you may or may not engage in. By sliding the button to the right, please indicate the percentage of time you engage in these behaviors during the current academic year (Fall 2016 through Spring 2017). Remember there is no right or wrong answer, so your first answer is probably the most accurate. Please answer even if you don’t engage in any of the listed behaviors by sliding the button to zero. [sliding scale of 0-100%, starting at 0%]
• Print double-sided when required to print
• Turn off the lights when leaving the room
• Eat organic foods
• Reuse or recycle items
• Choose to walk, bike, or ride the bus instead of driving a car to and from campus

Most people who are important to me would approve of (5 point scale, 1= strongly disagree; 2=somewhat disagree; 3=neither agree nor disagree; 4=somewhat agree; • Printing double-sided when required to print
• Turning off the lights when leaving a room
• Eating organic foods
• Reusing or recycling items
• Choosing to walk, bike, or ride the bus instead of driving a car to and from campus


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

A representative sample was reached using Spring 2017 FTE figures provided by the Registrar's Office.

9,996 students were sampled, 79.4% undergraduates and 20.6% graduates, representative of the IUB population by school.


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

A follow up survey is scheduled with the Center for Survey Research in Spring 2019. Measurable changes are not yet available.


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.