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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.

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Liaison John Pumilio
Submission Date July 23, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Colgate University
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired John Pumilio
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability Office
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Does the institution have a program to encourage student sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

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

Both the Upstate Institute and the Undergraduate Summer Research Program encourage student research in a variety of fields, including sustainability. The Upstate Institute Summer Field School provides stipends for students to work with community organizations on research projects in a variety of sectors. Through the Upstate Institute Field School, the students work full-time on projects that provide data and build capacity throughout the region. The results of their research projects are shared with the community organization, and through an annual research symposium on the Upstate New York area. Many of the projects deal with sustainable themes in local agriculture, the environment, and local economies.

The Undergraduate Summer Research Program also provides stipends for students to work with Colgate faculty to conduct in-depth research projects throughout the summer in a variety of disciplines. Many of the projects address issues of sustainability. The results of this research are publishes each year at http://www.colgate.edu/docs/d_campus-life_career-services-for-students_internships_summer-undergraduate-research/summer-undergraduate-research-directory-2012-11-13-12.pdf?sfvrsn=2


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Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:
No

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

A brief description or the text of the institution’s policy regarding interdisciplinary research:

Interdisciplinary research is valued at Colgate University and is given equal weight to single discipline research during the tenure process. In some cases, interdisciplinary research is prioritized depending on the department and area of focus. For example, Colgate's Picker Institute for Interdisciplinary Study in the Sciences and Mathematics, which funds up to $250,000 per year in faculty projects, are explicitly interdisciplinary. The Picker website is http://pickerisi.colgate.edu/.


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Does the institution provide ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning that meets the criteria for this credit?:
No

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