Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.52
Liaison Megan Varnadore
Submission Date Feb. 18, 2021

STARS v2.2

Sonoma State University
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Steven Karp
Associate Vice President, Research and Sponsored Programs
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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:

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs supports students at all levels in their related research, scholarship, and creative endeavors by providing information, resources, and opportunities to conduct, prepare, and present scholarly research and creative projects. Through active engagement with faculty members, student researchers share in the excitement of discovery, learn the value of teamwork and collaboration, broaden their career and academic options, and contribute to the advancement of knowledge in their chosen field. Our internal grant program includes additional funding for faculty who include paid students in their research projects, which led to increased student involvement in recent years.

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:

The CSU Campus as a Living Lab Program sponsors grants through the California State University system supporting sustainability projects.
We also have the Center for Environmental Inquiry to facilitate research in environmental studies and research.
And our internal grant program provides funds for faculty research and has increased sustainability in recent years.


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:

SSU recognizes the importance of interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research, making faculty connections whenever possible and coordinates webinars and in-person workshops supporting this, including some in recent years.
Please refer to the "Evaluation Criteria for Tenured and Probationary Faculty" of the policy for a more detailed guideline about the recognition of interdisciplinary research during the promotion.
Each school and department has its own personnel policy and criteria which can be found under the website here:


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

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

The Library actively supports collecting materials related to sustainability; it is part of our collections policy.
Our special collections emphasize regional and environmental history. Notable collections include the Bill Kortum papers, the Charles Rinehart papers, and materials about environmental community organizing, such as the activism that prevented the construction of the Bodega Bay nuclear reactor.
The Library recognized the one-year anniversary of the 2017 wildfires with an exhibit featuring local artists and an exhibit reception attended by close to 100 people from campus and the community. The Library also developed a research and study guide:



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

There are many other programs/project websites available upon request.

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