Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.06
Liaison Margaret Bounds
Submission Date June 18, 2021

STARS v2.2

Connecticut College
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
2.00 / 4.00 Margaret Bounds
Assistant 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 sustainability research?:
Yes

A brief description of the student sustainability research program:

The College offers the Richard H. Goodwin Environmental Research Fellowship to support an honors thesis related to the environment or sustainability in any discipline. This is a prestigious research award that provides a stipend plus support for supplies, travel and publication costs. More information about the fellowship can be found here: https://www.conncoll.edu/goodwin-fellowship/

The Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment provides support for sustainability related research. Students in the center come from all different disciplines with a focus on how to connect their major to the environment. Each student carries out a senior integrative project or honors thesis. Students receive support for a summer internship related to their research prior to their senior year. They also receive advising and coaching on presentation skills and have opportunities to present their research.


Does the institution have a program to encourage academic staff from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:
No

A brief description of the faculty sustainability research program:
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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 copy of the promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:
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The promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:
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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:

Shain Library provides access to databases that support the sustainability research, such as Energy Citations Database, Environment Complete, GreenFile, GREENR. See https://www.conncoll.edu/information-services/libraries/research-resources/find-articles-databases/environmental-studies/ for a full list. A library guide for Research in Sustainability Studies is in development. Librarians provide information literacy workshops to classes in environmental studies and meet with students individually to support their research needs. Finally, the digital scholarship and curriculum center provides GIS and other software tools used in conducting sustainability research.


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