What do SURP students think of sustainability?

Check out the results of Sustainable SURP’s department-wide online survey conducted in March 2014! The survey results have helped Sustainable SURP determine student perceptions and brainstorm ideas about academics, engagement, operations and finances. We had 57 students participate in our survey and their feedback will continue to define and refine our sustainability initiatives.

What do you think is the best format for a student Sustainability Committee?
Electing a Sustainability Committee 39%
Electing sustainability officer(s) as part of current student government (RAPS, RPGSA) 54%
Faculty selection of student sustainability educators 2%
None of above 2%
Other 4%

 

How would you prefer to have sustainability audit findings presented?
Online 63%
bulletin board 18%
electronic board 11%
Other 9%

 

What do think is the most effective way to spread sustainability awareness?
SURP sustainability website 13%
SURP sustainability social media sites 20%
Posters and flyers 11%
Student volunteers presenting in class 23%
Signage for sustainable building features 23%
None of above 0%
Other 11%

 

How would you rate your current engagement with sustainability at SURP? (1 is least engaged; 5 is most engaged)
1 30%
2 38%
3 23%
4 7%
5 2%

 

Sustainability is a field that is important to me in my academic experience and research
Strongly Agree 39%
Agree 43%
Neutral 18%
Disagree 0%
Strongly Disagree 0%

 

Sustainability is a field that is important to me in my professional development
Strongly Agree 47%
Agree 42%
Neutral 11%
Disagree 0%
Strongly Disagree 0%

 

SURP provides students with enough sustainability courses
Strongly Agree 2%
Agree 30%
Neutral 48%
Disagree 18%
Strongly Disagree 2%

 

Please rate SURP’s sustainability courses (1 not effective/informative; 5 very effective/informative)
1 2%
2 24%
3 49%
4 24%
5 2%

SURP provides students with adequate opportunity for research in sustainability
Strongly Agree 0%
Agree 37%
Neutral 57%
Disgree 4%
Strongly Disagree 2%

 

What type of sustainability research support would you like to see more of?
Financial Support 25%
Mentorship 24%
Fellowship 14%
Workshops 31%
No further support 1%
Other 4%

 

What do you think is the most important priority for SURP to tackle?
Building & LEED certification 22%
Energy Consumption 24%
Waste Production 42%
Water Consumption 7%
Other 5%

 

Second most?
Building & LEED certification 15%
Energy Consumption 42%
Waste Production 25%
Water Consumption 18%
Other 0%

 

Third?
Building & LEED certification 24%
Energy Consumption 27%
Waste Production 18%
Water Consumption 31%
Other 0%

 

Least?
Building & LEED certification 38%
Energy Consumption 8%
Waste Production 11%
Water Consumption 42%
Other 2%

What initiatives would you be (tentatively) interested in being a part of?
Sustainability Committee 55%
Energy Audit 13%
Website Operations/Maintenance 4%
None of the Above 24%
Other 5%

 

I am a:
1st year undergraduate student in SURP 7%
2nd year undergraduate student in SURP 5%
3rd year undergraduate student in SURP 7%
4th year undergraduate student in SURP 11%
5th year undergraduate student in SURP 0%
1st year graduate student in SURP 55%
2nd year graduate student in SURP 13%
Other 2%

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