Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 45.66
Liaison Stalin Espinal
Submission Date March 2, 2023

STARS v2.2

City University of New York, Brooklyn College
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Carrie Sadovnik
Director of Environmental Health and Safety
Environmental Health & Safety
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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:

The Brooklyn College Student Expo highlights students conducting research during internships and as part of their classes. Projects include: Greenpoint Sustainability PodWalk, E-Commerce Impact Scoping Study, Community FloodNet Project, Urban Farming, and Community Development

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:


The diversity throughout CUNY’s 25-college system makes it well placed to meet the most pressing issues facing our society. Our University has faculty experts in crucial research areas, strong ties to city and state agencies, and is integrated into every NYC neighborhood.

During AY2021-2022, the CUNY Office of Research will support collaborative research in the following significant areas:

Climate science
Data science/artificial intelligence
Public health

Also, from the Center for the Study of Brooklyn:

· We were awarded a $40,000 Interdisciplinary Climate Crisis Grant with the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay, Community Sensor Lab at the Advanced Science Research Center, and Urban Sustainability program to help waterfront communities throughout the city adapt to routine flooding events that are expected to come more frequently with rising sea levels. We piloted a small network of flood sensors and expanded a citizen science community engagement strategy that collects flood data that will be used by government agencies, researchers and residents to understand flood risks and plan adaptation strategies. The project employed 5 interns; generated our Guide to Citizen Science Terminology, Guide to Virtual Community Engagement, and Pandemic Lessons in Community Engagement White Paper; and was featured in CUNY press. Our work informs the city’s new community engagement strategy around flood sensors as they attempt to scale this effort with a multi-million dollar contract with the SRIJB. We are organizing a May 2022 panel focused on lessons from community-engaged research during the pandemic that will include this work.

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:

“Brooklyn College encourages faculty members to engage in creative, innovative, and
interdisciplinary work.” – p.3,

Council on Administrative Policy
Adopted by CAP on April 8, 2021, Slightly Revised and Readopted April 29, 2021


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

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

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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