Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.79
Liaison Ian Johnson
Submission Date May 26, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Colorado College
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Ian Johnson
Sustainability Director
Office of Sustainability
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution have a program to encourage student sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage student research in sustainability:

The State of the Rockies project, now in its twelfth year, offers students a valuable opportunity to work alongside faculty and staff to conduct state-of-the-art research in CC's backyard. Each summer, the project hires a group of Colorado College students to gather data for, compose, and publish the project's annual report. The State of the Rockies aims to encourage dialogue and collaborative action, inform stakeholders about regional issues, connect peer communities by sharing best practices, and stimulate Colorado College student contributions and outreach in the Rockies. This year State of the Rockies continues its commitment to conservation issues with the project, "Scales of Western Water." The project focuses on recognizing the critical role water plays in the American West and the Rockies in particular. With declining snowpack in the Rockies, and less water in rivers, conservation corridor initiatives will face a tougher future. What can individuals and households do? How will western watersheds and states adapt, accommodate, or allocate scarce water resources? How are different regions and states poised to address these challenges? Students will undertake individual projects to study and understand the private, local, regional, state, and multi-state challenges that water availability under a changing climate will pose to all western communities who are concerned with their regional waters and landscapes.The backdrop of this research will be the complex array of diverse communities, economies, and environments in the Rocky Mountain West.


The website URL where information about the student research program is available:
Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage faculty research in sustainability:
---

The website URL where information about the faculty research program is available:
---

Has the institution formally adopted policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
No

A brief description or the text of the institution’s policy regarding interdisciplinary research:
---

The website URL where information about the treatment of interdisciplinary research is available:
---

Does the institution provide ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's library support for sustainability research and learning:

Tutt Library provides online research guides, known as LibGuides, for a variety of academic subjects. The Sustainability LibGuide offers recommendations for books, databases, and other resources related to sustainability. It also directs students to the Natural Sciences Liaison Librarian. In addition, the library has purchased several partial Ejournal packages useful for sustainability research and subscribes to and has available a number of journals, databases, ebook collections and print books relevant to sustainability and the environmental sciences.


The website URL where information about the institution's library support for sustainability is available:

Tess Powers, the director of faculty research support, has developed a resource guide to help faculty fund interdisciplinary sustainability research. While it does not constitute a college-wide program designed specifically to encourage faculty sustainability research, Ms. Powers is equipped to assist faculty in obtaining funding. https://www.coloradocollege.edu/offices/dean/faculty/grants/external/index-page-documents/working-with-the-director-of-faculty-research-support.html

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.