Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.69
Liaison Laurie Husted
Submission Date June 8, 2020

STARS v2.2

Bard College
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Emily McLaughlin
Associate Dean of the College & Assoc. Professor Chemistry
Office of the Dean
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:

A brief description of the student sustainability research program:

Sustainability Council mini-grants provide the opportunity for awards for faculty or staff-sponsored student research projects. The call for proposals begins: The Bard College Sustainability Council (SC) invites all faculty & staff to submit proposals to develop research projects, classes, pedagogies, or projects on the Annandale campus (or the surrounding region) that promote themes of sustainability; proposals that involve more than one of these modalities are of especial interest. Submissions should explore one or more of the following categories: Academics (classroom, course development, research), Civic Engagement (curricular, co-curricular), Operations, and/or Planning & Administration and must use the SDG mapping tool to show how they connect to the Global Goals. The SC is especially interested in proposals that: 1. Reflect the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability (e.g. collaboration between disciplines), 2. Contribute to tangible and lasting improvements on the Bard campus/region, 3.Engage students in interdisciplinary research and/or projects.
In 2019, Prof. Robyn Smyth's students were awarded funds to support a research project at the constructed wetland at the Olin parking lot.

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

A brief description of the faculty sustainability research program:

Bard's Center for the Study of Land, Air, and Water (CSLAW) integrates science and social change to support the fair management of natural resources. Using tools that span academic disciplines, CSLAW supports the conduct of quantitative research in the natural and social sciences, creates art, crafts communication, participates in policy making, and bridges academic inquiry with community need. These projects engage Bard students and faculty with local communities to provide education and support. In the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we address issues such as clean water, climate action, life below water, and life on land for the purpose of developing resilient communities. These projects take many forms including faculty-led research, in-class projects, senior projects, and student internships. CSLAW funding has contributed to both faculty and student research and equipment.

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?:

A copy of the promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:

The promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:


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

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

Bard's library develops and maintains an interactive website: Sustainable Development Goals Research Guide set up using the framework of the Global Goals.

The library subscribes to the following resources, which offer access to academic literature on sustainability:
Academic Search Premier (EBSCO)
Center for Research Libraries (CRL)
Environment & Energy Daily
Land Letter
LexisNexis Academic
New York Times From 1851 to 3 Years Ago
Project MUSE
Readers' Guide Abstracts

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

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

To review Bard's Global Goals / SDG mapping tool visit: https://bos.bard.edu/global-goals/

To review Bard's Global Goals / SDG mapping tool visit: https://bos.bard.edu/global-goals/

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