Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.48
Liaison Nico Strabac
Submission Date Jan. 22, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Mohawk College
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Kayla LaChance
Sustainability Programs and Services Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability? :

A brief description of the student research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

iDeaWORKS offers local businesses and not-for-profit organizations the opportunity to work with teams of Mohawk faculty and students to find innovative solutions to real-world challenges. The EPIC Industry Applied Research Project is an industry research challenge to provide students with rewarding experiential learning opportunities by partnering with industry to provide real-life problems/challenges and deliver effective technical solution within an academic semester. Students can be from any area of the Department of Engineering Technology. In September 2018, two students teams worked on a project for the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton on a renewable energy feasibility project. At the end of the semester, the student teams present their projects to the industry partner and awards were presented to the winning teams. Prizes include money honorariums and memberships to Royal Botanical Gardens.

Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability topics?:

A brief description of the faculty research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The IDEAWORKS Catalyst Fund is committed to fostering innovation and skills development opportunities across Mohawk College. It supports Mohawk faculty and staff to engage in applied research and scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) activities. The fund is designed to develop and build internal capacity for research and innovation by providing the funding needed for faculty and staff to turn their ideas into solutions. Past projects funded include: Brownfield testing and remediation; Isolation and Identification of psychrophilic (or psychotolerant) microbes from Canadian soil and lake samples; Comparative testing of restored and new windows for energy efficiency. All of the these projects support environmental sustainability. Projects chosen for the 2018/2019 year include: Development of forward osmosis technology for liquid food concentration; Residential-Microgrid: Monitoring and Control of Grid-Connected AC Microgrid; Environmental and Energy Management of Buildings using Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) Technology; and Determination and Optimization of Fermentation Performance

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 brief description of the institution’s support for interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

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

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

Mohawk library provides access to guides, useful resources, and research assistance. Through their website, you may also access the EBSCOhost research database.

EBSCOhost is a powerful online reference system accessible via the Internet. It offers a variety of proprietary full text databases and popular databases from leading information providers.

Mohawk College Library provides ongoing support of sustainability through many avenues. The library recognizes that higher education positively contributes to the sustainability movement and the library assists through the curation of library materials, creation of research guides and the acquisition of varied resources that are accessible in multiple formats. Resources with a sustainability focus are interwoven throughout the collections. Positive outcomes include a consistent increase in usage statistics of sustainability materials over the past three years.


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