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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.

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Liaison Geory Kurtzhals
Submission Date Nov. 27, 2013
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STARS v1.2

Southern Illinois University Carbondale
ER-13: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired David Drogos
Graduate Student
College of Agricultural Sciences
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Has the institution conducted a sustainability literacy assessment?:
Yes

Did the assessment include a baseline evaluation of students and then a follow-up evaluation of the same cohort?:
No

A copy of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment:
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A copy of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment :
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A brief description of how the assessment was developed:

The sustainability council developed an initial list of categories for the assessment. This list of categories was augmented through a sustainability curriculum inventory conducted in the Fall 2010 semester. In that inventory, faculty members were asked to define sustainability, list criteria essential to sustainability, and identify sustainability components that were underrepresented in the curriculum. Responses to these questions were used to identify new sustainability components which were added to the initial list.


A brief description of how the assessment was administered:

The assessment was administered electronically, in survey format, to all faculty, staff, and students at SIU. Three requests to participate were sent via email one week apart. Included in the request to participate was a link to the survey.
Individual sustainability components were grouped into the following six categories:
• Individual Integerity
• Integrated Systems Management
• Ecological
• Cultural
• Energy Systems
• Food Systems


A brief summary of results from the assessment:

Mean Knowledge of Grouped Sustainability Components (scale 0-6)
Food systems 1.8
Integrated systems management 2.4
Cultural systems 2.5
Ecological systems 2.8
Energy systems 2.8
Individual integrity 3.4


The website URL where information about the literacy assessment is available:
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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.