Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.06
Liaison Deborah Steinberg
Submission Date Dec. 18, 2020

STARS v2.2

Knox College
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Deborah Steinberg
Director of Campus Sustainability Initiatives
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?:
Yes

A brief description of the student sustainability research program:

In the winter of 2017, thanks to donor funding, a sustainability endowment was established to support student research and internships. These funds are available each year for students applying to the college's Vovis Center for Research & Advanced Study and for Knox's Power of Experience grants. Funding is awarded to sustainability-related research and creative projects. The 2018-19 academic year was the first year these financial awards were available. One student was awarded funding to carry out a summer research project measuring water quality in the ponds bordering an organic farm and neighboring CAFO.


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:

Web based Reference guides tailored for individual courses and assignments related to sustainability research are provided through the library website and are updated continuously. Workshops are taught for individual courses and assignments and include courses that are both sustainability-related and sustainability-focused. The library also promotes sustainability in its workflows, and training of students, and highlights these sustainability practices as we work with students doing research.


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