Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.54
Liaison Becky Haney
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2020

STARS v2.2

Calvin University
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 David Wunder
Dean for Faculty Development
Engineering
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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 Calvin Environmental Assessment Program (CEAP) is a collaborative effort of faculty across Calvin’s campus, mainly in the sciences, whose focus is the understanding of the campus and local ecosystem. The goal is to impact the college and local municipalities as well as individual behavior. Faculty dedicate a regular lab session or project to collecting data that contributes to an overall assessment of the environment of the campus and surrounding area. Students then present posters of their findings every semester.
Calvin also funds summer undergraduate research programs through the Science division, which often includes sustainability related research. The Engineering department has secured funding for sustainability related research for students this summer.
More information can be found here:
http://www.calvin.edu/academic/science/summer/projectproposals2015.html


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 CEAP program outlined above also encourages faculty members to take part in sustainability related research.


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 copy of the promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:
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The promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:
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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:

Calvin facilitates peer-to-peer collaboration to support curriculum development around sustainability. The library staff are very responsive to the resource needs for faculty, including those pursuing sustainability research.

There is a library guide on Sustainability Studies found here: http://libguides.calvin.edu/sustainability/home

In 2017 Calvin purchased a new encyclopedia on sustainability, find it here: https://library.calvin.edu/content/blog/9140 This is a major 10-volume work that is available electronically. On the subject of Sustainable Development, to name one related subject area, the library has more than 300 books with a publication date of 2015 to the present.

The library makes available research databases on the environmental sciences, fin a list here: https://library.calvin.edu/dbs_by_subject?c=77&core=on The library contact for further research on sustainability and the environment is Kathy De Mey.


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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This data was collected by Professor David Wunder, Dean for Faculty Development.

Supplemental information about library resources related to sustainability provided by Calvin University Librarian Kathy De Mey (LJS 01/27/2020).

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