In collaboration with U-M’s renowned Institute for Social Research, we lead this comprehensive study designed to assess sustainability knowledge, behaviors, and attitudes across U-M students, faculty, and staff over time.
This groundbreaking effort, known as the Sustainability Cultural Indicators Program (SCIP) is designed to inform educational programs and campus operations at the university, and is an outgrowth of the Community Awareness goal area of the U-M Campus Sustainability Integrated Assessment.
Two questionnaires (one for faculty and staff and another for students) have been administered to the U-M campus community on a regular basis for several years (Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, and Winter 2018). The web surveys yield responses from more than 3,500 students and 1,500 faculty and staff members each cycle.
Questions cover travel and transportation, waste prevention and conservation, the natural environment, climate change, food, and engagement, awareness, and ratings of campus sustainability initiatives. Survey data are supplemented with geographic data covering campus buildings where respondents live, work and study.
View, download, or request SCIP survey samples, reports, and more on the SCIP Materials page:
Use data to track progress and improve programs.
Using data from the Sustainability Cultural Indicators Program (SCIP), the Graham Institute regularly analyzes trends and developments in sustainability awareness and behaviors on campus, so we can pinpoint potential gaps or opportunities.
Gather data on knowledge, dispositions, and behaviors.
We are co-leading the Sustainability Cultural Indicators Program (SCIP), a comprehensive longitudinal study to measure, track, and evaluate what U-M community members know, think, and do related to sustainability.
Deliver programs to increase knowledge and improve behavior.
We don’t just look at research and survey data; we use it to help U-M make well-informed, meaningful, and measurable improvements in sustainability education and operations on campus.