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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 Bronze
Overall Score 34.87
Liaison DeLayne Miller
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Tennessee Technological University
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 DeLayne Miller
Sustainability Manager
Facilities:Office of Sustainability
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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? :
Yes

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

TTU Water Center; Center for the Management, Utilization & Protection of Water Resources - The goals of the Center are to enhance research by addressing diverse water-related problems in Tennessee, the nation and the world; to enhance educational opportunities through research, university instruction and educational outreach; and to enhance citizens’ quality of life by providing technical assistance and technology transfer to peers, citizens and industries. A graduate student this past year at Tennessee Tech presented her dissertation titled: “Linking Diversity of Polyphosphate Accumulating Organisms to Improved Functional Stability of the Enhanced Biological Phosphorus Removal Process.” This project was made possible due in part to this program.


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

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

Center for the Management, Utilization & Protection of Water Resources-
Incentives include potential funding to pursue related research.
Phillip Bettoli, Biology professor and assistant unit leader of the Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Research Unit (TCFRU), and his research team including Mark Rogers, unit leader of the TCFRU, are involved in several projects related to the protection of endangered and threatened fish species. The following are summaries of some of those projects:
Sampling and Population Characteristics of Bighead Carp and Silver Carp in the Tennessee River and Cumberland River Systems, Assessment of Blue Catfish and Channel Catfish Populations in Tennessee Reservoirs, Movements and Lock and Dam Passage of Asian Carp in the Tennessee River, Relative Population Densities of Asian Carp in the Tennessee River and Cumberland River Drainages, Effect of Asian Carp Invasion on the Food Web of a Mussel Biodiversity Hotspot in Tennessee.


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?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s support for interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:
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Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:
Yes

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

Located on the third floor of the Angelo and Jennette Volpe Library is the iCube. The iCube provides a place for students and faculty to imagine, inspire, and innovate, using immersive reality technologies in a three-dimensional environment. This space is a learning tool that has taught students about river ecosystem conservation as well as alternate energy sources. The iMakerspace is also located on the third floor of the library and it offers 3D printers that are used in research for our Environmental Engineering students and professors.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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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.