Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Cathy Anstrom

Project Type

Departmental Honors project

Scholarship Domain(s)

Scholarship of Discovery, Scholarship of Interdisciplinary Integration, Scholarship of Community Application

Presentation Type

Poster Session

Abstract

ABSTRACT:The Influence of Sustainability Efforts on Sustainable Consumption Habits Amongst College Students.

AUTHORS: R. Bell and C. Anstrom

LEARNING OUTCOME: Identify the implications of sustainability efforts implemented within a college campus food service on student perception of university sustainability practices and student behavior.

INTRODUCTION/BACKGROUND: Sustainability of food systems is a growing concern for registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs), food service operation employees, policymakers, and activists. Limited research studying student awareness of sustainability efforts and the implication towards developing sustainable behaviors is available. This study explores the relationship between student awareness of sustainability efforts implemented within a college campus food service operation and student perception of university sustainability.

METHODS: A convenience sample of 102 (73 females, 29 males) undergraduate students attending a small midwestern university completed a questionnaire developed by Belen Derqui (2020). This questionnaire was adapted with permission for this study. The questionnaire included objective questions on student awareness and subjective questions on student perception of university sustainability to study the relationship. Data was analyzed utilizing the Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient.

RESULTS: Statistically significant positive correlations between student awareness of university efforts to record measurements of food waste and student perception of awareness of efforts and resources in reducing food waste were found (rs = 0.409, p= rs = 0.491, p= <.001).

DISCUSSION/CONCLUSION: Though the relationships were of moderate strength, the statistically significant positive correlation between student awareness in relation to student perception of awareness serves implications that more frequent exposure to sustainability efforts may lead to increasing conscientiousness with potential for students to develop sustainable practices and behavior.

FUNDING DISCLOSURE: NONE

Note: This poster was accepted to be presented at the Food and Nutrition Expo and Conference (FNCE, National Conference) in October 2022 in Orlando, Florida.

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ABSTRACT:The Influence of Sustainability Efforts on Sustainable Consumption Habits Amongst College Students.

AUTHORS: R. Bell and C. Anstrom

LEARNING OUTCOME: Identify the implications of sustainability efforts implemented within a college campus food service on student perception of university sustainability practices and student behavior.

INTRODUCTION/BACKGROUND: Sustainability of food systems is a growing concern for registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs), food service operation employees, policymakers, and activists. Limited research studying student awareness of sustainability efforts and the implication towards developing sustainable behaviors is available. This study explores the relationship between student awareness of sustainability efforts implemented within a college campus food service operation and student perception of university sustainability.

METHODS: A convenience sample of 102 (73 females, 29 males) undergraduate students attending a small midwestern university completed a questionnaire developed by Belen Derqui (2020). This questionnaire was adapted with permission for this study. The questionnaire included objective questions on student awareness and subjective questions on student perception of university sustainability to study the relationship. Data was analyzed utilizing the Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient.

RESULTS: Statistically significant positive correlations between student awareness of university efforts to record measurements of food waste and student perception of awareness of efforts and resources in reducing food waste were found (rs = 0.409, p= rs = 0.491, p= <.001).

DISCUSSION/CONCLUSION: Though the relationships were of moderate strength, the statistically significant positive correlation between student awareness in relation to student perception of awareness serves implications that more frequent exposure to sustainability efforts may lead to increasing conscientiousness with potential for students to develop sustainable practices and behavior.

FUNDING DISCLOSURE: NONE

Note: This poster was accepted to be presented at the Food and Nutrition Expo and Conference (FNCE, National Conference) in October 2022 in Orlando, Florida.