|Submission Date||Jan. 7, 2015|
AC-10: Support for Research
Sustainability Project Officer
Office of Sustainability
Does the institution have a program to encourage student sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage student research in sustainability:
1. Research embedded in the curriculum:-
MGMT 5000 – Management Without Borders
SUST 2000 Humanity in the Natural Environment: An introduction to problem-based learning
SUST 3002 Environment, Sustainability & Society Internship
ENVS/SUST 3502 Campus as a Living Laboratory
SUST 4000 Environment, Sustainability & Society Capstone
2.Elizabeth May sustainability and environmental research symposium - provides a forum for exchange of ideas on recent advances in research, theory and practice in environment and health research. The event includes a poster session, keynote speaker, and awards. Students are encouraged to share their work by participating in the Science Atlantic Environment Conference.
3. Also the College of Sustainability have several student grants for conference travel and to support them in the costs associated with internships and research that take them away from the Province and out of Canada.
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?:
A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage faculty research in sustainability:
Elizabeth May chair in sustainability and environmental health -
The office of the Elizabeth May Chair in Sustainability and Environmental Health serves as a resource to academia. The annual Sustainability and Environmental Research Symposium (SERS) provides a forum for exchange of ideas on recent advances in research, theory and practice in environment and health research.
Also the College of Sustainability provide supports to faculty members who are core to their teaching teams, by providing part of the cost of conference registration and travel when they are presenting their research.
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?:
A brief description or the text of the institution’s policy regarding interdisciplinary research:
Interdisciplinary research is considered when performance is been evaluated for tenure and/or promotion decisions.
Information about the policy is available:
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?:
A brief description of the institution's library support for sustainability research and learning:
The Dalhousie Libraries provide support for sustainability research and learning in the following ways:
- The library has prepared online subject guides (SUST 1000 and SUST 1001) that focus on library resources for students in first-year sustainability courses:
These guides provide links to relevant databases, electronic encyclopedias, instructional tutorials, citation guides and other resources that are relevant not just for first-year students but for students in the subsequent years of the undergraduate sustainability programs.
- A library research training session is provided to approximately 80-100 students of the course SUST 3502: Campus as a Living Lab. Also, in past years, at least one of the library’s locations (the Killam Memorial Library) has served as a site in which students from this course have conducted project work, including: sustainability audits on the content of waste bins and of lighting in the stack areas, printer paper usage and water consumption. The library also invited students from the course to display their project posters in the library lobby, where they could be viewed by fellow students and members of the public.
- Since the establishment of the university’s College of Sustainability in 2009, a librarian has served as a member of the College’s Curriculum Committee. Via new course proposals from faculty members, librarians are made aware of new areas of sustainability research and teaching, have been involved in the preparation of library collection assessments in support of the courses, and based on the course content, select library resources in these areas.
- Although the library does not have a formal policy that relates to the acquisition of materials related to sustainability, since the establishment of the College of Sustainability, the library has made a concerted effort to acquire print books and e-books related to sustainability topics. Through an annual transfer of funds from the college, the library purchases titles on a wide range of relevant topics including: food, energy & water security, agriculture, biological ecosystems, urban planning, green business practices, environmental history, ethics, policy and governance issues, sustainable campuses, and eco-tourism.
- The library subscribes to numerous journals that publish research articles related to sustainability. Some of the specialized titles include:
o Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment
o Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
o Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy
o International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability
o International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
o International Journal of Sustainable Energy
o International Journal of Sustainable Transportation
o Journal of Cleaner Production
o Journal of Industrial Ecology
o Journal of Sustainability and Green Business
o Journal of Sustainable Agriculture
o Journal of Sustainable Forestry
o Journal of Sustainable Tourism
o Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability
o Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems
o Renewable Energy
o Renewable Energy Law and Policy Review
o Sustainability (Mary Ann Liebert Publishers)
o Sustainability Energy
o Sustainability Science
- With regard to sustainability literacy promotion, among the five libraries in the Dalhousie University system, the Killam Memorial Library is a leader in having removing garbage bins from both public areas and staff areas and in replacing them with four-part separation bins (paper, recyclables, organics, garbage). Signage was developed and put in place to help patrons determine the appropriate bin for their waste material. The signage includes graphical elements that make it easier for patrons to select the correct bin for their waste materials. The Sexton Library is another of the Dalhousie Libraries that uses separation bin sets.
The website URL where information about the institution's library support for sustainability is available:
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