Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.46
Liaison Brian Pullen
Submission Date March 13, 2017
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University of South Florida St. Petersburg
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Brian Pullen
Sustainability Planner
Facilities Services
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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:

Green Energy Living Systems (GELS)
A new initiative exploring the varied programs, cross-discipline course designs and research collaborations between faculty and students. GELS provides a look into the many developing facets of green technologies for a sustainable future. The March 2012 GELS Open House at Clam Bayou, “It’s Not Easy Being Green: Challenge to Solutions,” provided previews of research projects in development, tours, poster presentations, exhibits and lab presentations.


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

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

" brings together faculty from Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Environmental Policy, Geography, Geology, Chemistry and Biology to tackle problems in ground water modeling, pollutant assessment, environmental policy, and other areas"
"Our curriculum is tightly focused on arts and sciences, business and education within a close-knit, student-centered learning community.
Faculty conduct wide-ranging, collaborative research to meet society’s needs and engage in service projects and partnerships that enhance the university and the community’s social, economic and intellectual life.
USFSP retains a separate identity and mission while contributing to and benefiting from the associations, cooperation and shared resources of a premier national research university."

Collaboration between several professors of biological sciences, environmental sciences, geospatial sciences, chemistry, and physics, has resulted in a coalition of students and faculty consistently crossing-disciplines to perform research and present at a variety of symposiums and conferences.


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:

Poynter Library has a variety of historical and current resources available on sustainability issues across several disciplines and the curriculum. The library collections include over 400 print and over 1800 digital books: The Business Guide to Sustainability, Cycling and Recycling: Histories of Sustainable Practices, Aquaculture Ecosystems: Adaptability and Sustainability, Age of Sustainable Development, and Ecotourism and Sustainable Development, to name a few. As a member of the USF System, students and faculty have access to prints materials at other USF System Libraries and we provide an interlibrary loan service to procure materials from a national and international network of lenders. In addition, USFSP students and faculty have access to an enormous collection of electronic journals, video and streaming media, and databases, many of which contain information relating to sustainability issues. More than 90 e-journals focus directly on sustainability topics, for example.


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