Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.11
Liaison Elizabeth Malcolm
Submission Date Jan. 19, 2023

STARS v2.2

Virginia Wesleyan University
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Amber Gruszeczka
Research Librarian
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:

A brief description of the student sustainability research program:

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Endowed Fund is intended to provide students educational experiences beyond the classroom. Examples of usages may include: purchases of equipment for student research, workshops, bringing speakers to campus, and campus sustainability initiatives. At least one student on each proposal must be a major or minor in Earth & Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, or Sustainability Management. Examples of awards include: A) In 2021 a group of students were awarded funds to purchase different types of beehives for an evaluation of their efficacy for honey production. B) In 2020 equipment was purchased for the student research project "Laboratory Measurements of Hydraulic Conductivity of Local Aquifer Material".

Does the institution have a program to encourage academic staff from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:

A brief description of the faculty sustainability research program:

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?:

A copy of the promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:

The promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:

Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research:

Own or license 3400 books & ebooks focused on sustainability
Subscribe to 49 journals focused on sustainability
Book displays on environmental sustainability
Research Instruction by librarians for courses such as Complex Global Challenges, Humans and the Environment, EcoPoetry
Earth and Environmental Sciences Research Guide on library webpage

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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