Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.37
Liaison Calandra Lake
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2016
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College of William & Mary
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Calandra Waters Lake
Director of Sustainability
Office of 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:

The W&M Green Fee fund accepts proposals every fall and spring for sustainability projects, including research, and specifically funds 4 summer research projects each year. Recent examples include a project exploring a new practice for green chemistry that requires less chemical use, a study on the accuracy of citizen science, and a study on bioswales.


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:

The W&M Green Fee fund accepts proposals every fall and spring for sustainability projects, including research. A recent faculty example includes the Parks Rx program which explores the benefits of nature on wellness and has structured a program to allow doctors to prescribe outdoor time at local parks as a form of treatment.


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:

Interdisciplinary research is supported through such initiatives as the W. Taylor Reveley III Interdisciplinary Fellows, funded by a $2.6 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, but no written policy currently exists.


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:

Swem Library is very supportive of sustainability through multiple avenues. In the area of research specifically, the library hosts a sustainability research guide, as well as providing an environment that showcases sustainability values through digital scanners, the removal of top sheet printing, motion sensor lights, and serving as a collection point for many unusual items to be recycled.


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