Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.79
Liaison Courtney Stoner
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

American University
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Courtney Stoner
Sustainability Analyst
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:
Yes

A brief description of the student sustainability research program:

The Sustainability Fund (https://www.american.edu/about/sustainability/get-involved/sustainability-fund.cfm) funds campus sustainability research projects proposed by members of the university community. This program is open to any member of the university community, including students.


Does the institution have a program to encourage academic staff from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:
Yes

A brief description of the faculty sustainability research program:

The faculty-established ECOllaborative group that connects faculty from across AU to engage in collaborative scholarship on issues of sustainability.

The Sustainability Fund funds campus sustainability research projects proposed by the university community. The program is open to any member of the university community, including faculty and staff.


Has the institution published written policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
Yes

A copy of the promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:
The promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:

Attached is the process for establishing joint appointments, in an effort to promote interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research activity and teaching at AU.


Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research:

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 and courses.

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


Website URL where information about the institution’s support for sustainability research is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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