Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.60
Liaison Jane Stewart
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?:

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?:

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:
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?:

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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