Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.10
Liaison Jen Jones
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

College of Charleston
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Jen Jones
Center for Sustainable Development
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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 Center for Sustainable Development distributes up to $5,000 annually to support student-driven sustainability research and innovation through the College's Summer Undergraduate Research Grant Program. With mentorship from a faculty member, individual students or teams are encouraged to conduct research over the summer break. Financial awards help to cover research needs, including required materials or travel and an hourly wage of $10 per student.

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:
Faculty mentors supporting student-driven research have the opportunity to also receive awards for guiding and shaping student research funded through the Quality Enhancement Plan. Faculty mentors receive approximately half of the awards granted for student-driven research to support time and leadership commitments. Beginning in 2020, the Center for Sustainable Development aims to add a faculty research component in plans to implement the Quality Enhancement Plan and incentivize sustainability literacy research. We intend to award faculty members financial awards for studying sustainability literacy in coordination with students. Alternatively, we are exploring opportunities for funding conference participation or research related to sustainability.

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?:

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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 College of Charleston Libraries provide research guides on sustainability related coursework and topics like food security, environmental studies and social welfare policy. The library also helps promote sustainability by featuring a Sustainability Literacy Book Nook that houses a collection of print books, DVDs and other materials related to the annual campus-wide sustainability theme. Additionally, on the second floor of our primary university library, Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library, library leadership support a rotating exhibit and art display that connects to and explores the campus-wide theme. Since 2017, library leadership have also developed sustainability literacy curriculum by offering four sections of a Library Research Skills course as sustainability focused or related. Finally, faculty and staff members have supported the cultivation of sustainability-specific research databases.

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