Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.57
Liaison Juliana Goodlaw-Morris
Submission Date Dec. 18, 2020

STARS v2.2

California State University, San Marcos
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Lauren Magnuson
Head of Collections, Delivery and Access
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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:

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:

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:

We do have a written policy that states research may be interdisciplinary. This is part of our University Retention, Tenure and Promotion Policy.


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

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

The library provides access to approximately 19,000 ebooks and streaming videos and 450 print books and DVDs directly on the topic of sustainability, and we have annual collections funds that are devoted to acquiring materials on ecology, environmental science, social justice and inclusion. The Library also provides access to several scholarly databases that provide access to current research in sustainability, including EBSCO’s GREENFile database (which covers all aspects of human impact to the environment and includes content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done at each level to minimize these effects), ScienceDirect (which provides full-text access to several hundred journals related to ecological health and environmental sciences) and others.The Library also coordinates efforts to share resources with other libraries through InterLibrary Loan (ILL) and a network of resource sharing among the other California State University (CSU) campuses called CSU+. With this network the Library provides access to material, including access to materials supporting sustainability research, without having to purchase the material and the services are free for users. The Library also promotes access to open access and open educational resources (oer) by making these resources available through our catalog and discovery search tools.

Also, a the following resource was created for open access, which we believe is part of sustainability: CALM guide for open education resources related to the subject: https://microsites.csusm.edu/calm/social-sciences/environmental-studies/

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

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