Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.33
Liaison Austin Eriksson
Submission Date Dec. 10, 2018
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STARS v2.1

California State University, Northridge
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
3.00 / 4.00 Sarah Johnson
Sustainability Program Analyst
Institute for Sustainability
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability? :
Yes

A brief description of the student research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

Students are supported to work on sustainability-related projects through the Institute for Sustainability and Facilities Planning. Examples include: development of surveys, development and analysis of commuting data, solar panel efficiency, BPA lined receipt paper analysis, healthy and sustainable food marketing assessment, water conservation and irrigation efficiency maps, campus sustainability features web map, and storm water management.

Students have presented at conferences including AASHE, CHESC, SCAG, WPA, and This Way to Sustainability.


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

A brief description of the faculty research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

Faculty Associates are provided stipends through the Institute for Sustainability to conduct studies and research. Examples are: projects related to organic food and composting, analysis of student and employee commuting trends, feasibility study for closed loop food production system.


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?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s support for interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:
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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, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The Library provides reference services, research consultations, materials in many formats, access to databases for conducting research, and course-related instruction for students and faculty. Librarians create subject guides and course-specific webpages hosted by the Library and provide content in the campus learning management system to support student learning. In addition, the Library co-collaborates to fund the Research Fellows Program that has the following benefits: facilitating a network of people to catalyze initiatives; launching new collaborations; expanding and strengthening the talent base of researchers; linking researchers with other disciplines and industry; applying knowledge to relevant area problems; initiating a more vibrant research focus for the campus; spotlighting the diversity of research; catalyzing new research; and mentoring new scholars.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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