Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.55
Liaison Kelsey Beal
Submission Date Jan. 18, 2024

STARS v2.2

Indiana University Bloomington
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Kelsey Beal
Sustainbility Analyst
Office of Sustainability
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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:
1. Sustainability Scholars
The Sustainability Scholars program was launched in 2015. With partial financial support from the Office of Sustainability, Integrated Program in the Environment partners with a variety of units on campus to provide undergraduate research scholarships for 15 first and second-year undergraduate students each year. Each student works with a faculty mentor and gains hands-on research experience. https://environment.indiana.edu/programs/scholars/index.html

2. Sustainability Research Development Grants
This award program supports the collaborative efforts of Indiana University students and faculty to develop new, externally-funded research programs related to sustainability. https://environment.indiana.edu/programs/srdg.html

3. The School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Office of the Vice President for Research offer seed funding opportunities for graduate student-led sustainability-related research.

4. Earth and Atmospheric Sciences has many endowed funds for student and faculty sustainability research.

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:
Indiana University's Collaborative Research Grants (IUCRG) support many fields, including research support comprised of "innovative multi-disciplinary or multi-collaborator approaches, reliant upon quantitative methodologies of the social and behavioral sciences, to issues of local, state, national or international significance; research into effective approaches to K-12 STEM education (not curricular development) or education for sustainability". https://ias.indiana.edu/research-support/collaborative-award.html

IU's Integrated Program in the Environment (IPE) brings together more than 90 faculty members – including world-renowned scientists and instructors. It reaches across 25 departments and 5 schools within IU. IPE encourages collaborations in the classroom, lab, field, outreach, and other activities. Its interdisciplinary nature reflects not only the contributions of the individual scholars, but a commitment to cooperation and shared purpose necessary to prepare the next generation of scientists and leaders. https://environment.indiana.edu/index.html

Working with partners throughout the state, the Environmental Resilience Institute is fostering Indiana’s ability to withstand the wide-ranging impacts of climate change, including changes that affect the state’s economy and health. https://eri.iu.edu/index.html

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:

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

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research:
Resources available on the IUB Libraries website state,"The libraries at IU Bloomington contain resources on sustainable development under many classifications throughout the system and woven into virtually all major subject areas.

"Sustainability is too rich, complex and diverse a topic to be confined to one area of the library or to a couple of different call numbers.

"Looking for a specific sustainability-related topic? These librarians can help pinpoint Web resources and print materials that will best serve your needs in one of the deepest research libraries in North America.

Christina Sheley: Business/SPEA Information Commons, sustainability as it relates to city planning, policy, business, finance and environmental science.
Bob Noel: Swain Hall Library, sustainability related to engineering, energy, physics and climate change.
Roger Beckman: Life sciences, chemistry; green chemistry, invasive species and biodiversity.
Lou Malcomb: Geosciences, government information; water resources, hydrogeology, climate change
Jian Liu: Public Health Library, sustainable consumption, food security and eco-tourism.

"Documentary films on climate, food, agriculture, and socioeconomics can be found in the Media and Reserves Services in the Herman B Wells Library."

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