The Sustainability Cultural Indicators Program

The Sustainability Cultural Indicators Program (SCIP) is a multi-year effort designed to measure and track the culture of sustainability on the University of Michigan’s (U-M) Ann Arbor campus. It is intended to inform U-M officials and others responsible for day-to-day operations of the University including its academic programs. Student and Faculty/Staff questionnaires were first administered in the fall of 2012, and again in the fall of 2013, 2014 and 2015. More than 5,400 faculty, students and staff participated in the most recent version of the survey. Findings based on the first 4 years of SCIP indicate that U-M has made progress with waste prevention among students and faculty, in promoting sustainable food, and engaging the campus community through efforts just as the Planet Blue Ambassadors program. Additional results indicate that more efforts are needed to promote sustainable transportation options, energy conservation efforts, and promoting ways to expand involvement in U-M sustainability activities. This session will provide an overview of key changes between 2012 (Year 1) and 2015 (Year 4) along with an opportunity to discuss key findings and implications for campus sustainability efforts.

John Callewaert, Ph.D.
Director, Emerging Opportunities Program, Graham Sustainability Institute
Lecturer, College of Literature, Science & Arts, University of Michigan
Associate Editor, Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences

As Emerging Opportunities Program Director at the University of Michigan’s Graham Sustainability Institute, John is responsible for overseeing a wide range of activities which support translational knowledge efforts involving subject matter experts, decision-makers, and key stakeholders. John serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, as an advisory council member with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and as an advisory board member for The Integrated Assessment Society.


The video of the meeting appears below:

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