2017 Survey

Thank you for completing the annual Sustainability Survey.

Congratulations to Melissa Davenport, a project manager at SPH, who was randomly selected as the prize winner.

Conducting an annual survey truly helps us better understand our community and informs the direction of our future communications and programming.

The survey was designed to gauge progress on sustainability awareness at Boston University. Having information about your understanding and activities regarding sustainability will better help us plan future efforts, programs and communications with the BU community. Consistent with the guidelines of STARS, included are questions on general sustainability literacy, as well as BU-specific and behavioral questions.

Answers to the 2017 Sustainability Survey

Which of the following is the most commonly used definition of sustainable development?

Building a neighborhood that is both socio-demographically and economically diverse
Giving universal access to education, health care and social services
Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs
Setting aside resources for preservation

Which of the following activities contribute to an individual’s carbon footprint? (Choose all that apply.)

Eating a meat-based diet
Driving an electric car to work/school
Purchasing/using electricity generated from fossil fuels
Driving a traditional gas vehicle to work/school   

Which of the following is the best example of environmental justice?

Urban citizens win a bill to have toxic wastes taken to rural communities
The government dams a river, flooding Native American tribal lands to create hydro-power for large cities
All stakeholders from an indigenous community are involved in setting a quota for the amount of wood they can take form a protected forest next to their village
Multi-national corporations build factories in developing countries where environmental laws are less strict

Corporate social responsibility implies a commitment to triple bottom line reporting, which includes:

Environmental, social and financial performance
Incorporating community and government representatives on the board of directors
Offering health, dental and vision care to employees
Three forms of financial reporting

The 2015 UN Paris Climate Talks (COP21), recently set into action in November 2016, agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the mid 21st century to hold global warming below:

4°C (7.2°F)
5°C (2.7°F)
2°C (3.6°F)
There was no agreement

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