Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.02
Liaison Zachary Czuprynski
Submission Date Feb. 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

Prescott College
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Zachary Czuprynski
Sustainability Coordinator
Green Mountain Center for Sustainablity
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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:

One of our faculty received a USDA grant as part of a Research and Extension Experience for Undergraduates (REEU). This grant supports 6 month fellowships for any undergraduate students to participate in an opportunity to transform food systems. The first three months include a traineeship program to help build competencies and capacities for students to complete a three month fellowship (post-training) with an organization. Students finish the fellowship by creating and presenting a policy brief for how their organization can enhance ecosystem services through their work. This is a new program and does not have any measured positive outcomes to describe at this time.

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:

Prescott College does not offer traditional tenure-track positions. Rather, faculty are given short-term contracts and are assessed before renewing, negotiating, or extending a contract. Faculty are assessed on three main criteria: Teaching, researching, and community service. Thus, in order to be promoted or achieve a longer-term contract at the college, faculty are incentivized to engage in research (most of which intersects sustainability as it is infused in the mission of Prescott College).

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:

Many programs and courses at Prescott College include a sustainability component including Sustainability Education, Sustainable Community Development, and Environmental Studies. The library provides student and staff a Sustainability Research Guide which includes an extensive list of resources to support sustainability research. There are free e-books, links to scholarly journals that publish sustainability research, web resources, databases for statistics, and search support for finding sustainability-related articles. In addition, students can schedule a one-on-one research support session with the head research librarian.

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

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