Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.41
Liaison Dave Newport
Submission Date March 23, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Colorado Boulder
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Shelly Sommor
Information & Outreach Director
Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR)
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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? :
Yes

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

Several programs encourage student research on sustainability, including 1) the ENVS Honors program, 2) the Baker Environmental Residential Academic Program, and 3) Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). UROP offers students a chance to work alongside a faculty sponsor on original research, and was designed to create research partnerships between faculty and undergraduates. Likewise, the Baker Residential Academic Program specializes in environmental and sustainability education and promotes student research on the subjects. http://bakerrap.colorado.edu/
http://www.colorado.edu/envs/research/undergraduate-opportunities
http://www.colorado.edu/envs/undergraduate-students/honors


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

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

CIRES is a joint research institute of NOAA and CU Boulder. Its vision statement: “As a world leader in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, CIRES is committed to identifying and pursuing innovative research in Earth System Science and fostering public awareness of these processes to ensure a sustainable future environment.” CIRES is dedicated to fundamental and interdisciplinary research targeted at all aspects of Earth System Science and to communicating these findings to the global scientific community, to decision-makers, and to the public. http://cires.colorado.edu/research/research-groups/


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?:
Yes

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


Per our strategic plan, FlagShip 2030, "We will build upon our excellent record in interdisciplinary research and creative work to become a global leader in ventures that span traditional academic fields. We will strengthen the university’s advocacy, support, recognition, and financial incentives for faculty and students who engage and excel in interdisciplinary work." Accordingly, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs has included interdisciplinary research as a review criteria in current tenure and promotion processes overseen by the AVCAA's Tenure & Promotion committee.


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, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

CU Boulder Libraries have in place extensive research guides that cover a variety of topics across sustainability. In addition, the library employs an Earth Sciences & Environment Librarian as a subject specialist to further aid in sustainability research.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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