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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 58.11
Liaison Jennifer Kleindienst
Submission Date Dec. 1, 2016
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STARS v2.1

Wesleyan University
EN-6: Assessing Sustainability Culture

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 1.00 Jennifer Kleindienst
Sustainability Coordinator
Finance and Administration
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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::
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::
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:

Several cultural assessment questions are used in the annual survey that student Eco Facilitators send out to students in seven dormitories (where Eco Facilitators are housed).

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:

Questions are asked about values and behaviors regarding environmentally-related behaviors and social justice and include the following:
- What can you put in your dorm compost bin?
- Where can you compost in your dorm?
- How much time do you spend in the shower?
- How familiar are you with the term "environmental justice?"
- Which of the following do you do (frequently, occasionally, rarely, never)?: use a reusable water bottle and/or mug, print double-sided, buy second-hand clothing, etc.

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

The sample is not representative and is administered only to first- and second-year students living in specific dorms where Eco Facilitators (student sustainability peer advisors) are present.

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

The assessment has changed annually so is not currently comparable from year to year.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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.