Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.20
Liaison David Heithaus
Submission Date Jan. 20, 2021

STARS v2.2

Kenyon College
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Dani Huffman
OGI Intern
Office of Green Initiatives
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:
Yes

A brief description of the student sustainability research program:

Kenyon Summer Science Scholar Program: The Kenyon Summer Science Scholars program provides opportunities for students to work in close collaboration with faculty mentors in natural science disciplines as full participants in the processes of creating a research plan, executing a research project, and preparing results for presentation in a public forum.

2017:
Heather Pacheco/Siobhan Fennessy
Biology
Topic: An Ecosystem Experiment to Test Recovery of Nitrogen Assimilation Functions in Restored Freshwater Wetlands

Erin Keleske/ Drew Kerkhoff
Biology
Topic: Climate Change Velocity: Past, Present, and Predicted

2015:
James Currie/ Siobban Fennessy
Biology
Topic: Comparing Ecosystem Carbon Fluxes in Restored Versus Natural Wetlands

The Office of Green Initiatives employs student interns throughout the academic year and the summer to encourage students to conduct research on sustainability awareness, future projects, and sustainable lifestyles.

Academic Year 15-16: Laura Langner '16 and Dani Huffman '19 started the Green Lifestyles Certification Program from research on sustainable practices

Summer 2016: Laura Langner, Matt Meyers '17 and Dani Huffman compiled the college's first ever carbon inventory

Academic year 16-17: Interns in the OGI and other students interested in sustainability participated in an independent study to research a plan for a Green Revolving Fund

Summer 2017 - Matt Meyers continued research into the college's carbon emissions

Summer 2018 - Kíra Lancz '21 conducted research on New Student Orientations at other colleges to implement a Sustainability Pre-Orientation and make sustainability a focus in our general Orientation in the fall

Dani Huffman and Kíra Lancz continued working on the college's carbon inventory


Does the institution have a program to encourage academic staff from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:
No

A brief description of the faculty sustainability research program:
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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?:
No

A copy of the promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:
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The promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:
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Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:
Yes

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

The Olin and Chalmers Libraries provide professional assistance with department specific and interdisciplinary research. Each academic department has an assigned librarian, who is available for individual or small group library research consultations; suggesting books, videos, and other curriculum-related materials for purchase; teaching course-related library instruction sessions.


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