Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Megan Litke
Submission Date March 30, 2016
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STARS v2.0

American University
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Hannah Debelius
Sustainability Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a program to encourage student sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage student research in sustainability:

The Green Eagle Sustainability Fund funds campus sustainability research projects proposed by students, faculty, staff, alumni and neighbors.


The website URL where information about the student research program is available:
Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage faculty research in sustainability:

The faculty-established ECOllaborative group hosts a monthly colloquium series. Each month represents a different theme of sustainability or the environment in which faculty share their research and connect with one another on issues of sustainability to further the field and inspire new, collaborative research.

The Green Eagle Sustainability Fund funds campus sustainability research projects proposed by students, faculty, staff, alumni and neighbors.


The website URL where information about the faculty research program is available:
Has the institution formally adopted policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
Yes

A brief description or the text of the institution’s policy regarding interdisciplinary research:

American University's Statement of Common Purpose includes this commitment to interdisciplinary inquiry:

"The university distinguishes itself through a broad array of undergraduate and graduate programs that stem from these primary commitments:
- interdisciplinary inquiry transcending traditional boundaries among academic disciplines and between academic units"


The website URL where information about the treatment of interdisciplinary research is available:
Does the institution provide ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's library support for sustainability research and learning:

The Office of Sustainability offers full access to AU sustainability data, including energy and water use, to support faculty and students incorporating campus sustainability into research.

Library Collections managers in specific themes pertaining to sustainability offer ongoing, targeted support to faculty and teaching assistants to through guidance, expert knowledge, and continuously updates reference material. Those themes include science, environmental science, and sustainable practices in business (Kogod School of Business).


The website URL where information about the institution's library support for sustainability is available:

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