Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Debra Shepard
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

Wentworth Institute of Technology
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Debra Shepard
Sustainability Consultant
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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:

Within the Colleges of the Fenway Center for Sustainability and the Environment, Wentworth students are eligible to compete for sustainability mini-grants for research projects, and to participate in the annual Muddy River Symposium to showcase sustainability research that they have conducted through their courses.

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:

Wentworth has several endowed professorships that support scholarly work geared toward sustainable engineering, technology, design, and management. These include:

The Francis A. Sagan Endowed Professorship and Douglas C. Elder Professorship supported Professor Gautham Das in leading environmental engineering projects and overseeing student research on hazardous waste, environmental contamination, water filtration, and remediation methods. The Sagan Professorship also supported Professor Greg Sirokman in furthering research on biodiesel production and analysis.

Professor Ilyas Bhatti was the recipient of a Douglas C. Elder Professorship which allowed him to further his research and engagement efforts on infrastructure, environmental regulations, and emerging issues on climate change and water resource management.

Professor James Lambrechts was the recipient of a Douglas C. Elder Professorship that enabled him to build awareness and conduct studies to improve regional public transportation and related infrastructure.

Professor Abby Charest is the recipient of a David Blittersdorf Professorship and has used these funds to develop research groups on sustainable buildings including net-zero energy practices, water quality and health.

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:

Wentworth is a teaching institution rather than research-based, however, the last strategic plan established a new
vision of becoming a national leader in externally-collaborative, project-based, interdisciplinary curricula, or “EPIC”
learning for career success, by 2032. Led by the Provost, the administration is implementing EPIC learning through
changes to the curriculum and support for EPIC projects.

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

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

Wentworth's Douglas D. Schumann Library & Learning Common offers numerous resources to support sustainability research and learning, ranging from course-specific research guides, to subject guides by major, as well as databases with information which is applicable across academic programs. Examples include the databases and research guides listed below -

• Academic Search Premier
• Access Engineering (Environmental & Sustainability Engineering eBooks)
• Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Digital Library
• Applied Science and Technology
• American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) Digital Library
• American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) Digital Library
• BioMed Central
• Building Green Suite
• EngineeringNetBase (Taylor & Francis)
• Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE) Xplor
• Knovel Technical Reference (Elsevier)
• Material ConneXion (Overviews of innovative and sustainable materials)
• Public Library of Science (PLoS)
• Proquest Central
• ScienceDirect
• SpringerLink

Guides on Sustainability:
• CONM 3800: Sustainable Development (Reuse of Brownfield Sites)
• Civil Engineering Subject Guide (Sustainability in Civil Engineering; including green infrastructure; water conservation and reuse; energy auditing, efficiency, and conservation; renewable energy; sustainable materials)
• Municipal Planning Subject Guide (Sustainable Development; building reuse; smart cities; sustainable transportation)
• Facilities Management Subject Guide (Sustainable Development)
• Transportation Engineering Subject Guide (Bicycle, pedestrian, and light rail)
• Water and Wastewater Engineering Subject Guide
• Architecture & Interior Design Sustainable Design Guide, including
U.S. Green Building LEED v. 4 Reference Guides (Building Design & Construction; Interior Design; Building Operations & Maintenance; and LEED Associate Study Guide)

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

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