Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 5-10-2017

Faculty Advisor(s)

Mackenzie Crigger


In 2013, the first Chapman University Environmental Audit showed that less than 25% of the student population surveyed did not learn about sustainable concepts in any of their courses. Additionally, Chapman did not implement a Sustainability Policy until the fall of 2014, further illustrating the lack of exposure students had to sustainability. This study uses data from the 2013 and 2017 Environmental Audits and the Chapman online syllabi database to determine if student and faculty exposure to sustainable practices has increased since 2013. Historically, concern for the natural environment and corporate goals did not align. Today, however, the integration of sustainability into business practices remains a challenge for organizations. This study will also explore more in depth the differences in environmental responsibility awareness and perspectives among the undergraduate programs in the Schmid College of Science and Technology and the Argyros School of Business and Economics. Because sustainability is a multidisciplinary subject, there are advantages if the two schools work together in the future to focus on "short- and long-term social, economic, and environmental impacts of decisions before acting" (Chapman University Sustainability Policy). Chapman can continue to integrate sustainability components into all undergraduate and graduate programs, so that they become an inherent part of the institution. This would not only enhance the curriculum, it would also transform the culture at Chapman.


Presented at the Spring 2017 Student Research Day at Chapman University.