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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 48.57
Liaison Jennifer McMillin
Submission Date June 15, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Cleveland State University
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 4.00 Jennifer McMillin
Director of Sustainability
Facilities l Architect l Safety l Technology
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability? :

A brief description of the student research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

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

A brief description of the faculty research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

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 brief description of the institution’s support for interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

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

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The Sustainability Research Guide was developed by librarians Diane Kolosionek and Barbara Strauss to support Cleveland State University's initiative to incorporate sustainability into teaching, learning, and research. The resources selected for this guide are available from the Michael Schwartz Library, and include research databases, eBooks, videos, and credible web sites.

The CSU Sustainability Research Guide is available at http://researchguides.csuohio.edu/sustainability.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

The Multi-College Interdisciplinary Research Program

The CSU Office of Research emphasizes multidisciplinary research through the Multi-College Interdisciplinary Research Program (MIRP). This program provides funding for broad and collaborative research activities that are interdisciplinary and involve faculty from multiple colleges across CSU. At least three colleges must be represented between the members of the proposing team.


The Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Research Club (GSIRC)

Additionally, graduate students are supported in interdisciplinary research through the Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Research Club (GSIRC). In 2014 they hosted the Cleveland State Interdisciplinary Research Conference (CSIRC) which was meant to expose students to interdisciplinary research and to a network of potential collaborators.


Internal Funding Programs

Several internal funding programs provide support for faculty research including the The Faculty Scholarship Initiative (FSI), the Faculty Innovation Fund (FIF), and the Faculty Research and Development (FRD) Program. Applicants to the FRD program receive preference if their proposals are multidisciplinary. While none of these programs are geared specifically toward funding sustainability related research, all have funded sustainability related research in the past several years including the following projects.

Neda Zawahri (2016-17)
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Political Science
Adapting to Climate Change along the Jordan, Euphrates, and Tigris Rivers

Jen-Yi Chen (2015-16)
Department of Operations & Supply Chain Management
Monte Ahuja College of Business
Leadership and Collaboration for Supply Chain Sustainability

Fasong Yuan (2014-15)
Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences
College of Sciences and Health Professions
Sustainable Energy Extraction Solutions Insights from Sulfur Inventory and Cycling

Wendy Kellogg (2013-14)
Department of Urban Studies
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
Transforming Sustainability: Social Ecology of a Blue-Collar City and Its Region

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