Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.34
Liaison John Stolz
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Duquesne University
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Mary Kate Ranii
Program Administrator
Center for Environmental Research & Education (CERE)
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:

A brief description of the student sustainability research program:

Wingfield Pines: Nature and Technology Working Together
For years, Duquesne students and faculty combine community service with environmental sampling at Wingfield Pines, an 80-acre tract in Upper St. Clair, Pa. that was formerly a strip-mining site. Duquesne students and faculty work on continued research and remediation on this site.

Murphy's Bottom: Duquesne students regularly determine and monitor site conditions as well as document bird species.

Stream Field Biology: Duquesne students regularly monitor local waterways through water chemistry samples and biological samples. Students also provide this information to community partners.

Does the institution have a program to encourage academic staff from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:

A brief description of the faculty sustainability research program:

The Charles Henry Leach II Fund for Duquesne University is designed to benefit Duquesne University faculty and University-related projects that foster and promote the following:
1) the prevention of cruelty to animals;
2) the mental and/or physical health and education of underprivileged and/or abused children;
3) the protection of the environment;
4) scientific research.

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?:

A copy of the promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:

The promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:

As research problems have become increasingly complex, interdisciplinary and collaborative research has gained steadily in prominence. Here at Duquesne and more broadly, bottom-up consortia have had considerable success in developing long-term research programs focused on complex problems at key intersections within and between the sciences, the social sciences and the humanities.

The Provost’s Office wishes to encourage interdisciplinary research consortia at Duquesne and is therefore providing seed funds to support expenses associated with developing such consortia and moving them to a sustainable level.

Funding of up to $25,000 per year may be requested for a maximum of two years, with the expectation that, beyond that time, external funding will be acquired to sustain and grow the consortium and broaden its impact.

Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research:

The Gumberg Library research guide on Literature and the Environment connects users to a number of different works (books, reference works, and electronic resources) with information regarding the environment and sustainability.

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for sustainability research is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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