Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.65
Liaison Michelle Gibbs
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Hope College
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.00 / 12.00 Michelle Gibbs
Office of Sustainability
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Total number of employees that conduct research:

Number of employees engaged in sustainability research:

Percentage of employees that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:

Total number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts research:

Number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts sustainability research:

Percentage of departments that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:

A copy of the inventory of the institution’s sustainability research (upload):
Inventory of the institution’s sustainability research:

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

Worked with the Sustainability Advisory Committee and the Office of the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs to identify faculty and staff currently involved in such research. We utilized our new program "Faculty Activity Reporting" (FAR) Program to compile our list.

Starting in 2019 faculty started uploading information into our Faculty Activity Reporting System (FAR) in regards to research, scholarship, awards, committee work (campus and community), professional development, etc… The table below lists all faculty members of Hope College during the period listed up above and the following categories which relate to sustainability. We reviewed the list (self disclosure and self categorization) and highlighted projects that appeared to fall into the large category of sustainability. It is important to note that faculty do not have to have all information entered until March 15 so there are likely projects missing from this list.

The total number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts research is 24.
And the number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts sustainability research is also 24.
So 100% of our departments have at least one person doing some sort of sustainability research and scholarship.
Until now (thanks to FAR) we did not know that.

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

Hope also hosts an Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research https://hope.edu/academics/day1/watershed.html and for the past few years the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute has recognized sustainability project with a green ribbon. https://blogs.hope.edu/sustainability-institute/smart-energy/2019-hope-college-student-sustainability-research-projects/

The Stories of Hope website is not specifically focused on sustainability research, but it highlights research and projects conducted by faculty and staff. https://blogs.hope.edu/stories-of-hope/

The Day One Program allows students to plug in to hands-on research projects and solve real-world problems in laboratories and in the field, right from day one. http://www.hope.edu/academics/day1/

Community research presentation: https://hope.edu/news/2019/academics/students-and-faculty-present-research-during-annual-watershed-meeting.html

Creating a website that houses research specific to sustainability is one of the 2016-2017 goals for the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute (HHCSI). The HHCSI also publishes information about research on it's blog website.

A few other people not included in our count because they did not have their information in our FAR system at the time of the data pull or they are not faculty (staff and non-tenure track professors do not input data into FAR), however, they have in the past supported/participated in sustainability research themselves or supported student sustainability research.
Michelle Gibbs, Director of Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute
Lauren Janes, History
Sonja Trent-Brown, Psychology
Jennifer Hampton, Physics
Jill Vanderstoep, Mathematics
Kara Slater, Director of Physical Plant
Robert Hunt, Physical Plant
Michael Jipping, Computer Science (he is highlighted and counted but his tree research project is not listed)
Fred Johnson, History
Christopher Turlington, Chemistry

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