Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.79
Liaison Ian Johnson
Submission Date May 26, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Colorado College
AC-9: Academic Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.72 / 12.00 Ian Johnson
Sustainability Director
Office of Sustainability
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Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:
25

Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in research:
181

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
14

The total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that conduct research:
35

A copy of the sustainability research inventory that includes the names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:
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Names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:

Krista Fish, Anthropology
Mario Montano, Anthropology
Murphy Brasuel, Chemistry
Mark Smith, Economics & Business
Kristina Lybecker, Economics & Business
Daniel Johnson, Economics & Business
Valtierra, Tina
Howard Drossman, Education
Mike Taber, Education
David Mason, English
Miroslav Kummel, Environmental Program
Rebecca Barnes, Environmental Program
Jean Lee, Environmental Program
Phillip Kannan, Environmental Program
Christine Siddoway, Geology
Steven Janke, Mathematics
Emilie Gray, Organismal Biology and Ecology
Marc Snyder, Organismal Biology and Ecology
Marion Hourdequin, Philosophy
Alberto Hernandez-Lemus, Philosophy
Corina McKendry, Political Science
Andrew Price-Smith, Political Science
Wade Roberts, Sociology
Eric Perramond, Southwest Studies
Marie Davis-Green, Theatre & Dance


A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory:

An intern reviewed faculty scholarship profiles provided by the Dean's Office to build the research inventory, cross-referencing with faculty surveys from the previous years' reporting. Only full-time faculty members are included in the inventory.


A brief description of notable accomplishments during the previous three years by faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:

In 2015, Colorado College Geology Professor Christine Siddoway and her academic colleagues from Columbia University, Oregon State University, and Scripps Institute of Oceanography have been awarded $4.3 million from the National Science Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to support a research project in Antarctica that will contribute to environmental sustainability.
Walt Hecox, professor of economics in the Environmental Program at Colorado College and Project Director of the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project, has been named the recipient of the 2013 Stuart P. Dodge Award for lifetime achievement in conservation by the Palmer Land Trust. Hecox has made a permanent impact on the study of ecological questions, inspired multitudes of students, and served to inform the Rocky Mountain Region about its “state of environmental health” through the State of Rockies Project, now in its 11th year.
Assistant Professor Rebecca Barnes is one of six principal investigators on a $1.7 million grant titled “Collaborative Research: Improving the recruitment and persistence of women in the geosciences: Exploring deliberate mentoring approaches aimed at undergraduate students.”The initiative, led by Colorado State University, is a collaborative, multi-campus project that addresses two issues in STEM: underrepresentation of women in the earth sciences and shortcomings of existing studies addressing effective strategies for mentoring.
Environmental Program Distinguished Lecturer Phillip Kannan published an article on "the tyranny of small decisions" in the Pace Environmental Law Review in 2015.


The website URL where information about sustainability research is available:

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