Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.10
Liaison Kimberly Hodge
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Washington and Lee University
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Kimberly Hodge
Director of Sustainability Initiatives and Education
Student Affairs
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:
No

A brief description of the student sustainability research program:

The Offices of Sustainability and Energy Education routinely assist students with their research projects. We generally work with at least three senior capstone students every year. Projects have included a feasibility study into biofuels, institution-supported solar home procurement, an analysis of a conflict surrounding a local natural preserve, and financing options for alternative energy projects. We also assist regularly with smaller research projects associated with coursework, such as making a business case for compostable solo cups.


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

In the Advisory Committee Guidance for the Departmental Faculty Development Documents, under SCHOLARLY, ARTISTIC, AND PROFESSIONAL WORK, the following questions are considered when evaluating promotion and/or tenure decisions:

How do we value interdisciplinary work? Do we value collaboration within or outside our department, university, or primary field? Does the area of specialty matter?


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:

Through research-oriented materials acquisition and teaching activities, the University Library supports the formal curriculum and research of the Environmental Studies program, as well as the activities of W&L’s Sustainability initiatives. We have area-specific librarians dedicated to areas such as STEM, environmental studies, and economics.


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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