Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.29
Liaison Holly Andersen
Submission Date March 30, 2022

STARS v2.2

Bennington College
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.00 / 12.00
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Total number of employees that conduct research:
119

Number of employees engaged in sustainability research:
40

Percentage of employees that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
33.61

Total number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts research:
40

Number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts sustainability research:
40

Percentage of departments that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
100

A copy of the inventory of the institution’s sustainability research (upload):
Inventory of the institution’s sustainability research:

Please see attached. All facets of the curriculum here at Bennington involve some sustainability. For example, Susan Scorbati, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Action is a great example. Her research includes clean, renewable energy-- namely hydro power, sustainable farming, and plastics pollution. Robert Ransick, faculty in our Visual Arts department, studied the intersectionality of sustainability in the arts. Tatiana works in environmental humanities and sustainable food systems. She uses an ecofeminist frame to explore grassroots, holistic approaches to food justice. Michael Cohen, in our Literature office researches and teaches the public awareness campaigns that began through publications much like Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. John Hultgren, part of the science department, explores how efforts to protect “the environment” are mediated by “social” forces – like sovereignty, nationalism, race, and capitalism. He is the author of Border Walls Gone Green: Nature and Anti-immigrant Politics in America (University of Minnesota Press, 2015), which explains and critiques the strange intersections that exist between the environmental movement and the immigration restriction movement.


A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory:

This total number of academic employees was determined by whom had sustainability listed in either bio's or having had sustainability listed as part of their research. There are other individuals that perform this work and research.


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability research is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Sustainability is a common thread through all our courses and student life on campus. We included the particular people that complete this research as part of the academic office. The sustainability researchers are generally in the science curriculum, and that is who we counted.

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