|Overall Rating||Silver - expired|
|Submission Date||Feb. 28, 2014|
University of North Carolina, Greensboro
ER-15: Sustainability Research Identification
|3.00 / 3.00||
Has the institution developed a definition of sustainability research?:
A copy of the institution's definition of sustainability research:
The Academic Subcommittee of the Climate Action Plan (CAP) team was tasked with establishing a definition of sustainability in academics (curriculum and research). The CAP was published and adopted in 2013, and team's definition is as follows (from pp. 84-85):
The UNCG Strategic Plan, UNCG Tomorrow, defines sustainability as “Academics, operations, and outreach… conducted with careful attention to the enduring interconnectedness of social equity, the environment, the economy, and aesthetics.” Ensuring that students acquire a basic understanding of the individual elements of sustainability identified in this definition only serves as the beginning of sustainability in academics at UNCG, however. The centrality of the natural environment is essential to the entire idea of sustainability; the core of the concept is how the environment shapes, and is shaped by, economic, social and aesthetic factors. Because of this characteristic, imparting a robust understanding of the natural environment to students is vital to any attempt to infuse sustainability into our academic programs.
Infusing sustainability into academics at UNCG will produce graduates who are able to:
• Communicate the basics of sustainability;
• Employ and promote sustainable practices during their time at UNCG; and
• Apply relevant sustainable practices in their career paths.
Other important aspects of this philosophy include conveying current insights and best practices (instruction) and generating new knowledge (research) that explain and enhance the links between the various elements of sustainability. Emphasizing the intentionality of these connections and broadening the scopes in which students think and act are significant outcomes for sustainability in academics. UNCG will provide training and resources to faculty to build the programs needed to achieve these goals.
Has the institution identified its sustainability research activities and initiatives?:
A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the inventory:
Two inventories have been completed.
In 2011, a survey was created by interior architecture professor and campus sustainability leader Dr. Anna Marshall-Baker for UNCG faculty to identify sustainability in their research activities; the university's definition of sustainability in its Strategic Plan was used to guide respondents, and results were reviewed by Dr. Marshall-Baker and Sustainability Coordinator for Operations Trey McDonald.
In 2014, Academic Sustainability Coordinator and associate professor of musicology Dr. Aaron Allen, together with his research assistant, examined the biographies and/or CVs of every full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty member.
These two inventories include, obviously, many overlapping individuals. In addition, self-selecting faculty who have expressed interest in sustainability research and/or teaching have signed up for a sustainability faculty "Google Group."
Does the institution make its sustainability research inventory publicly available online?:
The website URL where the sustainability research inventory is posted (required if claiming Part 3 of the credit):