Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.16
Liaison Ryan Chabot
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Central Florida
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Yara Watson Colon
Sustainability Specialist II
Sustainability 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?:

A brief description of the student sustainability research program:

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:
UCF’s Faculty Cluster Initiative, first introduced in 2014, is designed to foster the development of strong, transdisciplinary academic teams focused on solving tomorrow’s most challenging societal problems.

Nine faculty clusters are currently active, three of which are relevant to sustainability research. The three relevant to sustainability research include Sustainable Coastal Systems, Renewable Energy Systems, and Renewable Energy and Chemical Transformation (REACT). The Office of the Provost provides 100 percent of the faculty line and 65 percent of the start‐up costs. The colleges, departments, and institutes are expected to cover the remaining 35 percent of the start‐up costs for these positions.

-Sustainable Coastal Systems
This broad-based research and development cluster will integrate science and social needs to address coastal issues and train students in conservation and resource management. It also will transform thinking beyond disciplinary limits and investigate new challenges for the coming century, such as understanding complex local, national and international problems related to anthropogenic and natural changes in coastal systems. The threats and challenges Florida faces are the same that coastal communities around the world face. The solutions, methodologies, and technologies developed at UCF will have immediate application to other geographic locations, with the potential to be statewide and national models for how coastal states should address future environmental and economic challenges and growth opportunities.
UCF Colleges Involved in Sustainable Coastal Systems:
*College of Business Administration
*College of Engineering and Computer Science
*College of Health and Public Affairs
*College of Sciences
*Rosen College of Hospitality Management

-Renewable Energy Systems
As a university-wide, multidisciplinary team of faculty and students, the Resilient, Intelligent and Sustainable Energy Systems (RISES) cluster commits itself to transformative and collaborative research in resilient, intelligent and sustainable energy systems. Through partnerships among university, utility and government stakeholders, we aim to facilitate deployment and integration of renewable energy resources, as well as provide innovative solutions that make electricity grids self-organizing, efficient and resilient. The cluster focuses on holistic analysis, design, development and deployment of distributed renewable energy resources (PV systems in particular), advanced information, communication, control, and optimization technologies, along with supporting economic and management policies. Through meeting these technical goals, we can reliably integrate renewable resources, achieve better power quality and best use markets to enable customers to make intelligent and environmentally conscientious decisions.
UCF Colleges and Centers Involved in Sustainable Energy Systems:
*College of Business Administration
*College of Engineering and Computer Science
*College of Health and Public Affairs
*College of Optics and Photonics
*Florida Solar Energy Center

-Renewable Energy and Chemical Transformation (REACT)
The production of electricity from intermittent renewable sources, such as solar, is cost-competitive with fossil-fuel-generated electricity, and alternatively powered transportation (e.g., biomass-derived fuels, electricity, and hydrogen) are rapidly gaining acceptance. Materials research for catalytic production and storage of energy is essential for increased market penetration of renewable energy sources. This cluster is designed to transform UCF into a nationally and internationally recognized leader in energy-related research, specifically in the discovery and application of materials for catalysis. The cluster objectives align quite closely with the strategic priorities of the departments, colleges, centers and the university. Energy research is critical in slowing growth in carbon emissions without slowing economic growth. Within the past few years, increases in carbon emissions are now less than the rate of economic growth, due in large part to new renewable energy sources coming online.
UCF Colleges and Centers Involved in Energy Conversion and Propulsion:
*College of Engineering and Computer Science
*College of Sciences
*Florida Solar Energy Center
*NanoScience Technology Center

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:
Interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research and involvement are considered during faculty promotion and/or tenure differently between college/departments at UCF. The following colleges/departments are some examples of those that make theses considerations during promotion and/or tenure decisions:

- Department of Criminal Justice
- Department of Anthropology
- Department of Chemistry
- Department of Mathematics
- Department of Physics
- Department of Music
- Department of Theater
- College of Engineering and Computer Science
- Department of Food Service and Lodging Management
- Department of Tourism, Events, and Attractions

A full list of UCF departmental promotion and tenure criteria can be found at:

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

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

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