Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 27.31
Liaison Adam Strzemienski
Submission Date Dec. 21, 2019

STARS v2.2

University of North Georgia
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00
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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:

Some faculty in the Institute for Environmental & Spatial Analysis (IESA) have already drafted a course for a minor and a certificate in Sustainability. What we envision is a reputable sustainability degree would have offerings and/or at least one elective in collaboration with several other departments on the campus.
Right now, there is some support but not a strong, concerted effort in the area of sustainability research in the interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary areas. As far as Collection Development, there are not any sustainability practices on research support other than some selector purchases for Institution for Environmental and Spatial Analysis (IESA) and the Department of Biology. The UNG Libraries Collection Department have a few excellent databases that addresses sustainability, for example BioOne and GREENR, which the library purchases apart from GALILEO offerings.
There is also a sustainability LibGuide (aka research guide) in the process of being developed, but it has not been placed the University’s website at this point.
There are several student sustainability research projects being administered through our Appalachian Studies Center. Here are a few that have links to their progress:
https://ung.edu/news/articles/2017/05/appalachian-studies-center-opens-hoop-house-at-ung.php
https://ung.edu/appalachian-studies-center/saving-appalachian-gardens-stories.php
http://ung.imodules.com/s/1863/cf19/interior.aspx?sid=1863&gid=2&pgid=767

We have several other active sustainability research as well. Dr. Linsky from the College of Education just came back from a conference in Madrid where she presented on sustainability research, Drs. Mitchem & Hopkinson from IESA are both participants on the Georgia Climate Change Project, Dr. Marker, CMSJ, had students create films on sustainability for film festivals last year (one on how climate change has affected spiders in Georgia was shown at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival sponsored by Chattahoochee Riverkeeper), and then Dr. Mitchem and Bailey are in year 2 of an EPA funded project that has a sustainability component with the primary focus being clean water and forest ecosystems.


Does the institution have a program to encourage academic staff from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:
No

A brief description of the faculty sustainability research program:

There may be department specific incentives but nothing institution-wide.


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?:
No

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

There may be department specific incentives but nothing institution-wide.


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:

Some faculty in the Institute for Environmental & Spatial Analysis (IESA) have already drafted a course for a minor and a certificate in Sustainability. What we envision is a reputable sustainability degree would have offerings and/or at least one elective in collaboration with several other departments on the campus.
Right now, there is some support but not a strong, concerted effort in the area of sustainability research in the interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary areas. As far as Collection Development, there are not any sustainability practices on research support other than some selector purchases for Institution for Environmental and Spatial Analysis (IESA) and the Department of Biology. The UNG Libraries Collection Department have a few excellent databases that addresses sustainability, for example BioOne and GREENR, which the library purchases apart from GALILEO offerings.
There is also a sustainability LibGuide (aka research guide) in the process of being developed, but it has not been placed the University’s website at this point.


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