Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.28
Liaison Ciara Tennis
Submission Date Nov. 3, 2022

STARS v2.2

Eastern Connecticut State University
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Stephen Nathan
Environmental Earth Science Professor
Environmental Earth Science
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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:

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:

Each fall the University offers Faculty Development Awards (i.e., grants; up to $1,500). These grants can be used to pursue innovative creative or research projects (of any kind!). Thus, this would encompass projects that are sustainability focused or sustainability related. (See attached 2020-2021 call for applications; note, the application guidelines are generally the same year to year.)

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:

The University's Promotion and Tenure Committee considers favorably (but informally), i.e., towards awarding tenure and promotion, research that is interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary. See University Senate Bill 14/15-9: https://www.easternct.edu/university-senate/_documents/SB-1415-9CleanVersion.pdf or refer to CSU-AAUP contract: https://www.csuaaup.org/issues/contract/

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

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

Reference and Instruction Librarian Angela Walker created a library research guide on sustainability, which she continues to add to and update. This guide includes several subcategories, including "Teaching Sustainability", "Climate Change", and other topics related to sustainability.

Eastern also offers the EES 205 Sustainable Energy course through the Environmental Earth Science Department, which has its own library research guide. The course and research guide are open to all students.

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

Information for this credit was provided by Angela Walker, Reference and Instruction Librarian, and Steve Nathan, Associate Professor and Department Chair of the Environmental Earth Science Department.

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