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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 Gold
Overall Score 75.27
Liaison Katie Lavin
Submission Date Jan. 28, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Sterling College (VT)
AC-9: Academic Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.00 / 12.00 Carol Dickson
Dean of Academics
Academic
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Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:
5

Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in research:
5

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

The total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that conduct research:
3

A copy of the sustainability research inventory that includes the names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:
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Names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:

Laura Spence--Ecology
Farley Brown--Ecology
Charlotte Rosendahl--Sustainable Agriculture
Louise Calderwood--Sustainable Agriculture
Nicole Civita--Sustainable Food Systems


A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory:

Information was collected from Farley Brown and Nicole Civita in regards to research. All of the faculty that participate in research gear their research toward sustainability topics, particularly in the fields listed above.


A brief description of notable accomplishments during the previous three years by faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:

Research by Farley Brown includes the following:

Summer 2015 - Continuation of the Upper Black River Stabilization Project: funded by the Town of Craftsbury, through the Craftsbury Conservation Commission. Again, I hired 1 student to assist me in the field documenting presences of Japanese knotweed as well as areas of unstable stream banks along specific reaches of the Black River. The student created GIS maps of these areas. The Watershed Analysis class and Wildlife Conservation class collected data which will be used in the final write up." We will continue this project for several more years until we have covered the entire Black River watershed (in Craftsbury).

Research by Nicole Civita includes the following:

- Research federal enhanced tax deduction for donations of food and produce a legal guide in collaboration with the University of Arkansas School of Law & the Harvard Food Law & Policy Clinic

- Research laws pertaining to the use of excess human food as livestock feed at the federal level and in all 50 states for inclusion in a forthcoming legal guide and presentation at food recovery related conferences around the country.

- Research agri-food system drivers of climate change and the contours of resilience focused food policy.

Research by Charlotte Rosendahl includes the following:

--A long term experiment looking at the changes in microbial community structure, plant yield and plant health in biochar amended soil in a continues vegetable rotation.

--We are also looking at using biochar in potting mix to increase plant health and earliness of tomatoes in hoophouses.


The website URL where information about sustainability research 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.