Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 35.74
Liaison Amy Brunvand
Submission Date Aug. 11, 2011
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University of Utah
ER-18: Sustainability Research Incentives

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 6.00 Myron Willson
Sustainability Director
Sustainability Office
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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:

In 2008, a student-led initiative created the Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund, supported by a small fee. The program specifically encourages and supports grants to fund student research projects as one of the program areas, and several projects have already been approved for support. These include research in Environmental Psychology (behavioral interventions for energy conservation on campus), Civil Engineering (water conservation and bioretention), and Mechanical Engineering, (an "iceball" geothermal building cooling system). Students are also encouraged to leverage other funding opportunities such as the Undergraduate Reseach Opportunities Program and MUSE for additional support. Starting in FY12, the Sustainability Research Center (SRC) and Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) have created six "sustainability scholar" research assistantships annually.


The website URL where information about the student research program is available:
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:

The University of Utah has recently launched the Sustainability Research Center. After completing an initial survey of faculty involved in sustainability reseach, efforts arenow under way to develop programs to support faculty research. However, these are not yet sufficiently developed to qualify for this credit.


The website URL where information about the faculty research program is available:

Sustainability Scholars information: http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=606c71f09ca2f2adb71a374bd&id=8327fb48bb . The interdisciplinary Global Change and Ecosystems Center (GCEC) currently provides student fellowships and small grants for interdisciplinary research, and a virtual hub for faculty working in these areas. http://environment.utah.edu/index.html

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