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November 30, 2016

Findings from the Sustainability Cultural Indicators Program survey shows slow progress with sustainability efforts

A joint program between the Graham Institute and the Institute for Social Research, the Sustainability Cultural Indicators Program was founded in 2012 to assess the sustainability knowledge, behaviors, and attitudes across U-M students, faculty, and staff over time. The 2015 report shows slow progress, but greater investment from the University.

The survey has been administered annually since 2012, but Robert Marans says the program has decided to collect data every other year instead: 'It's partly (because of) budget, but also we're not seeing the kind of changes we were hoping to see,' Marans said. 'And the general feeling is that trying to change people's behavior is a slow process. The annual survey shows small changes here and there, but for the most part, no changes.'