Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.25
Liaison Meredith Moore
Submission Date Feb. 25, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Meredith Moore
Sustainability Programs Coordinator
Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:
Yes

A brief description of the student sustainability research program:

The Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) hosts dedicated resource centers for scholars in sustainable energy and sustainable water fields. Part of this resource hub includes research assistantship opportunities for students looking to research sustainability in either of these two overarching topic areas. iSEE also plays a significant role in connecting students to faculty and staff members who conduct sustainability research.


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

A brief description of the faculty sustainability research program:

The Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment issues a Request for Proposals each year. Two to three teams of researchers are selected for funding based on merit, the potential for outside funding, and interdisciplinarity collaboration.

Each year, iSEE offers up to $30,000 in seed funding per project for research initiatives that specifically target major grant opportunities at external agencies. The call for proposals occurs in the Fall semester; awards are announced early in the Spring semester. This interdisciplinary initiative is for cross-campus teams of faculty looking to develop exploratory research ideas. These may involve multiple disciplines and departments in any of the five thematic areas of interest; collect preliminary data or other information to develop a research project; and prepare and submit research proposals for external funding.


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 copy of the promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:
The promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:

Communication #9 from the Office of the Provost covers policy and procedure for Promotion and Tenure on our campus. This section defining research follows: the word “research” is interpreted throughout this document to include not only research and scholarship as narrowly understood, but to encompass creative artistry and research that is inter-disciplinary and/or translational. The terms “research,” “scholarship,” “scholarly achievement,” and “creative work” are used essentially interchangeably here to denote this broader range of activity. There is a particular emphasis on public service activities and contributions.


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:

Guide to environmental education resources and curricula for teachers and teachers in training.


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