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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 58.08
Liaison Kristi Wiedemann
Submission Date March 13, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Princeton University
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Holly Welles
Manager of Communications and Outreach
Princeton Environmental Institute
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Does the institution have an ongoing incentives program or programs that meet the criteria for this credit?:
Yes

A brief description of the program(s), including positive outcomes during the previous three years:

Through its Grand Challenges Program (GC), Princeton provides seed research grants to faculty seeking to redirect their research to address historically intractable problems in energy and climate, global health and infectious disease, and sustainable development in Africa. Priority for funding new research projects as part of the GC Program is given to faculty proposals that demonstrate solid commitments to involving undergraduates in the research enterprise and to expanding the undergraduate curriculum to address issues of environment and sustainability.

A few Grand Challenges courses that were held between 2012-2014 include: “FRS 111: Water: Keystone for Natural Development,” “ENV 340: Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Solutions,” and “EGR 498: Special Topics in Social Entrepreneurship: Ventures to Address Global Challenges.”

The High Meadows Foundation Sustainability Fund provides start-up funding for sustainability initiatives using the campus as a living laboratory. All disciplinary approaches are encouraged, especially those that combine the sciences, humanities, and social sciences in creative ways. Between 2012-2014, the High Meadows Foundation contributing to funding for the development of the courses, “Food, Agriculture, and the Environment” and “Art of Sustainability.”


A brief description of the incentives that faculty members who participate in the program(s) receive:

Faculty selected by competitive application for New Investigator and/or seed grants from the Grand Challenges Program receive two years of funding support (averaging $100,000 per year) to refocus their research and to implement innovations in undergraduate teaching to address topics in energy and climate, sustainable development, and global health and infectious disease. A campus-wide Grand Challenges Call for Proposals are held annually.

For more information about the Grand Challenges Program and its incentives: http://www.princeton.edu/grandchallenges/education/

High Meadows Foundation Sustainability Fund awards may be used to support course development, redesign, or enhancement.

For more information about the High Meadows Foundation Sustainability Fund: http://sustain.princeton.edu/lead/funding


The website URL where information about the incentive program(s) is available:
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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.