Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.91
Liaison Lindsay Walker
Submission Date Oct. 24, 2019

STARS v2.2

Humber College
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Lindsay Walker
Sustainability Manager
Facilities Management
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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:

Students in the Research Analyst Placement Program are encouraged to reach out to the Sustainability Office to conduct research projects. We work with the RAPP Program Advisor to provide support to student researchers through in-kind donations and one-on-one consultation time, as well as providing internship opportunities to Research Analyst graduates.

In 2017-2018, a group of student researchers explored Humber students' engagement in sustainability. Incentives included mentorship and guidance on he direction of the research project and what research will be valuable to the office, as well as in-kind donations of t-shirts and honey to be used as incentives for survey and interview participants for the research project. The outcome of the research project benefited the students as they were able to work with industry partners as well as the Office of Sustainability as we were able to use their key findings to learn about and improve sustainability engagement on campus.

Within the last three years positive outcomes that have occurred include one individual who participated within the research group was able to increase their knowledge of sustainability. This individual gained valuable skills that enabled them to acquire a position within the Office of Sustainability team.

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:

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:

Humber Applied Research & Innovation supports multidisciplinary applied research projects, particularly through the internally awarded CULTIVATE fund:
A portion of the available funding for each round (20%) will be available specifically for projects involving more than one academic school, program or discipline. Multidisciplinary applications must demonstrate how the representatives from each discipline will work together, and clearly define the role that each will play in the project.
A full description of CULTIVATE is here:
While funding programs administered externally to Humber (by provincial and federal agencies) do look favourably on multidisciplinary research, there are no funds that we are aware of that explicitly support projects involving multiple departments from a given institution. External research funds almost always require industry partners, and those can from multiple fields of expertise.

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

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

· Purchase of eResources (ie: GreenFile/GreenR) and print book collections to support sustainability research assignments at Humber
· Sustainability literacy events – integration of resource (book/eResource) collection promotion

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Additional Library sustainability initiatives:
· Collection procedures and policy – move toward purchasing more eResources/eBook collections
· Recycle discards policy – all book discards go to organizations like Better World Books and/or Textbooks for Change

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