Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.70
Liaison Michael Lizotte
Submission Date Sept. 18, 2016
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University of North Carolina, Charlotte
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 4.00 Michael Lizotte
University Sustainability Officer
Facilities Planning
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Does the institution have a program to encourage student sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage student research in sustainability:

The Sustainability Office collaborates with the College of Engineering's undergraduate capstone experience, Senior Design Teams, to address campus sustainability questions. Support for research projects has been provided by the Charlotte Green Initiative (the student green fee committee), the Energy Production & Infrastructure Center, and the Executive Sustainability Committee. The College of Engineering matches students from various disciplines of Engineering to reflect project needs, and university staff serve as the client meeting regularly with student researchers, providing information, and helping with logistics for on-campus studies. In the past 3 years, projects that have been completed include rooftop photovoltaic array designs for 2 large buildings, a feasibility study for converting a heating plant to co-generation of electricity, a feasibility for lighting a campus greenway with onsite renewable energy, a systems model of bicycle traffic and parking, a study to modernize and reduce pollution from backup generators, a study of water bottle filling stations to determine best locations, and a plan for rolling our occupancy sensors across older campus buildings.


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Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage faculty research in sustainability:
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Has the institution formally adopted policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
No

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Does the institution provide ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning that meets the criteria for this credit?:
No

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