Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.87
Liaison Kat Davis
Submission Date July 16, 2021

STARS v2.2

Boise State University
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Kat Davis
Sustainability Coordinator
Campus 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 Boise State Hazard and Climate Resilience Institute invites applications for project funding through our Institute. We will grant 4-5 awards ranging from $1000 – $5000. Applicants must submit a proposal with a clear connection to one or more of the following HCRI research pillars (listed below). Projects must also include at least one community partner. Collaborative research that spans the social sciences and STEM are encouraged. Grants are available to Boise State faculty, staff, and students. Co

HCRI Research Pillars:
Natural Environment: Research related to the health of our planet, natural resources, natural hazards, and climate change, i.e., Assessing the causes and consequences of geophysical or climate-related hazards; Risk assessments; Disaster risk perception and preparedness behavior studies; Investigating the efficacy of sustainable environmental practices.

Infrastructure and the Built Environment: Research related to the reliability and strength of critical infrastructure (communications, power grid, buildings built to hazard code), and systems facilitators or inhibitors to improve or build stronger infrastructure (e.g., capital, policy), i.e., Assessing the resilience of critical infrastructure; The role and/or strength of community lifelines with respect to disaster recovery capacity.

Health and Well-being: Research related to the environmental and social conditions that foster healthy and thriving communities, i.e., assessing how access to environmental amenities impacts physical and mental health; The role of human and social capital on community resilience; Food system security with respect to sustainable and environmentally respectful practices; Impact of poor air quality and vulnerable populations.

Economy and Society: Research related to economic and political conditions that (1) allow communities to prepare for, mitigate, respond, and recover from adverse events, and (2) foster thriving, healthy communities, i.e., Resilience network analyses; Using a capitals approach to investigate resilience capacity and interconnectedness between communities; Valuation of natural capital.


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 Boise State Hazard and Climate Resilience Institute invites applications for project funding through our Institute. We will grant 4-5 awards ranging from $1000 – $5000. Applicants must submit a proposal with a clear connection to one or more of the following HCRI research pillars (listed below). Projects must also include at least one community partner. Collaborative research that spans the social sciences and STEM are encouraged. Grants are available to Boise State faculty, staff, and students. Co

HCRI Research Pillars:
Natural Environment: Research related to the health of our planet, natural resources, natural hazards, and climate change, i.e., Assessing the causes and consequences of geophysical or climate-related hazards; Risk assessments; Disaster risk perception and preparedness behavior studies; Investigating the efficacy of sustainable environmental practices.

Infrastructure and the Built Environment: Research related to the reliability and strength of critical infrastructure (communications, power grid, buildings built to hazard code), and systems facilitators or inhibitors to improve or build stronger infrastructure (e.g., capital, policy), i.e., Assessing the resilience of critical infrastructure; The role and/or strength of community lifelines with respect to disaster recovery capacity.

Health and Well-being: Research related to the environmental and social conditions that foster healthy and thriving communities, i.e., assessing how access to environmental amenities impacts physical and mental health; The role of human and social capital on community resilience; Food system security with respect to sustainable and environmentally respectful practices; Impact of poor air quality and vulnerable populations.

Economy and Society: Research related to economic and political conditions that (1) allow communities to prepare for, mitigate, respond, and recover from adverse events, and (2) foster thriving, healthy communities, i.e., Resilience network analyses; Using a capitals approach to investigate resilience capacity and interconnectedness between communities; Valuation of natural capital.


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:
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The promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:

School of Public Service specifically emphasizes elevation of interdisciplinary research as a priority in promotion and tenure for faculty.

Full tenure policies and guidelines for the School of Public Service are found at:

https://www.boisestate.edu/sps/promotion-guidelines-for-research-faculty/


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 Boise State Library provides research guides by by subject to support access to sustainability research, including research guides specifically for Environmental Studies (https://guides.boisestate.edu/environment), Sustainability (https://guides.boisestate.edu/sustainability), and Community and Environmental Health (https://guides.boisestate.edu/CEH) among other sustainability-related subjects.


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