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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 56.68
Liaison Jeanne Gulnick
Submission Date July 18, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Saint Joseph's College - ME
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 7.85 / 12.00 Jeanne Gulnick
Assistant Professor/Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Natural Sciences
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Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in research (headcount):
41

Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in sustainability research (headcount):
9

Percentage of the institution's faculty and staff researchers that are engaged in sustainability research :
21.95

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts research:
13

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
3

Percentage of research-producing departments that are engaged in sustainability research:
23.08

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its sustainability research that includes names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:
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The institution’s inventory of its sustainability research that includes names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:

Saint Joseph’s College
Sustainability Research Inventory

Lucas Bernacki, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology

1) A project investigating the spatial genetics of variable-leaf milfoil (Myriophyllum heterophyllum), serves to inform invasive species management practices, which in turn has major repercussions on economic (lake-associated tourism and property values) and ecological (ecological community stability) considerations in Maine.

2) A Maine Space Grant Consortium-funded (student) project studying the efficacy of a smelt stocking program in Sebago Lake will contribute to the Maine IF&W's understanding of the impact of fish stocking programs. This project focuses on sustainability through its consideration of the population ecology and management practices of a game species.

3) With another Maine Space Grant Consortium-funded (student) project, the relationship between distance from forest edge and tick abundance in livestock pastures will be investigated. Furthermore the prevalence of the the Lyme disease-causing agent, Borellia burgdorferi, will be determined using genetic techniques. This project addresses sustainability through its goal of determining land management practices which will reduce the parasite loading on livestock, which in turn has both ecological and economic repercussions.

Karen Croteau, Ed.D., Health and Wellness Promotion

Croteau, K.A. (2016). A preliminary study examining the use of pedometers to increase the
non-workday steps of hospital nursing and support staff. Workplace Health & Safety.

Johan Erikson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Natural Sciences

Erikson's research is quantifying the pollutant load accumulated in the snowpack near Mount Washington in the White Mountains. He's finding as much as 3x as much acidic pollutant stored in the high-elevation snowpack as compared to lower elevations. This has implications for nutrient flushing from near alpine forest soils.

Emily Lesher, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Ryan Dorland, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physics
Nina Eduljee, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology

Sebago Lake is the drinking water source for 15% of Maine’s population. And like other Maine lakes, it is facing challenges due to climate change, competing uses, and development within the watershed. A new project led by Saint Joseph’s College and Portland Water District is planning for the deployment of a high frequency data collecting and transmitting buoy to provide the ability to monitor the lake’s response to stress and build an understanding of fundamental lake dynamics. The project is in the early stages. Once deployed, the data and research resulting from the buoy will inform sustainable management of the lake in the short and long term. While monitoring is a crucial technical need, we also view it as an opportunity for stakeholder engagement and education. Four stakeholder groups, along with key stakeholder partners have been identified, and will drive the delivery platform and design of data products resulting from the buoy measurements thus maximizing the opportunity for the data to inform stakeholders and encourage their sustainable use of the lake.

Emily Lesher, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Ongoing research on drinking water in the greater Portland area testing for lead contamination, working with schools for safe drinking water.

Steven Jury, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology

Jury researches behavioral physiology of lobsters and stress responses, to better understand how changing environments may impact Maine's most important fishery resource.

Gregory Teegarden Ph.D. Professor of Environmental and Marine Science

Teegarden studies coastal oceanography and plankton food webs, particulalrly red tide outbreaks and the response of plankton communities to environmental change.

Mark Green Ph.D. Professor of Marine and Environmental Science
Green's researches the impacts of ocean acidification on valuable fishery resources


A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory (including the types of faculty and staff included as researchers):

Faculty Self-Reporting


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