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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.62
Liaison Michael Kensler
Submission Date Jan. 11, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Auburn University
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Nanette Chadwick
Director, Academic Sustainability Programs
Biological Sciences
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Does the institution have a program to encourage student sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage student research in sustainability:
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The website URL where information about the student research program is available:
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Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage faculty research in sustainability:

Academic Sustainability Programs provides support and coordination for faculty research in sustainability on campus. The program maintains an inventory of all faculty on campus who conduct research relating to sustainability, and has posted this inventory online as a faculty resource. Faculty use this inventory and referrals from Dr. Chadwick, the Program Director, to locate and connect with faculty collaborators and consultants about their projects, who are outside of their home departments or colleges.
Dr. Chadwick also writes letters in support of multidisciplinary research grant proposals on sustainability, which are submitted to outside funding agencies.
She serves on faculty search committees in diverse programs across campus, to provide a context and expertise for recruiting faculty with sustainability research expertise (ie: multi-college hire in Disease Ecology, multi-college cluster hire in Climate, Human, and Earth System Sciences [CHESS], etc.).
The Program also provides occasional one-time funding support for travel by faculty to conferences to present sustainability-related research, and for supplies for pilot research projects by faculty.


The website URL where information about the faculty research program is available:
Has the institution formally adopted policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
No

A brief description or the text of the institution’s policy regarding interdisciplinary research:
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The website URL where information about the treatment of interdisciplinary research is available:
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Does the institution provide ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's library support for sustainability research and learning:

Auburn University employs a dedicated librarian to support sustainability research and learning, Mr. Greg Schmidt. Mr. Schmidt maintains a Library Guide website that connects faculty and students with important books, journals, recent scholarly articles, organizations, and other resources that support scholarship in sustainability. He has developed a different website relating to each of the major systems considered in sustainability: food, water, transportation, energy, built environment, green business, etc. Mr. Schmidt also offers individual consulting services to faculty and students to support their specific projects, as well as regularly presenting about library resources to students doing research projects in sustainability courses, and groups of professors in our faculty sustainability training workshop.


The website URL where information about the institution's library support for sustainability is available:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.