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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 Arendt
Submission Date Sept. 29, 2014
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University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Laurie Case
Sustainability & Strategic Planning Coordinator
Chancellor's Office
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Does the institution have a program to encourage student sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:

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

The certificate in Environmental Sustainability and Business consists of a supporting course structure (at the 100 and 200 level) that is complementary to the campus’ existing general education requirements, consistent with current credit load requirements and, thereby, will not delay student graduation. Well advised students will be able to meet the supporting course requirements of the certificate by satisfying the existing campus general education program.

The main component of the certificate program is comprised of 16 credits at the upper level (300 and 400 numbered),
courses including an intensive business internship or co-op experience. It is the internship/co-op experience that ensures our EMBI certificate is not just “one more
certificate” that carries little meaning to employers.

The certificate is available for students in all academic programs.

Past internships and co-ops have required participants to conduct independent research both in the lab as well as with literature reviews on sustainability focused topics.

The website URL where information about the student research program is available:
Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:

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

The website URL where information about the faculty research program is available:

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?:

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

In granting tenure at the UWGB, assessment shall be made of professional perfromance, contributions, and future potential of the individual. Such evaluations and judgments should be made in the context of the mission of the University with its emphases on problem oriented learning and research, innovation in the curriculum, excellence in teaching, and a liberal arts program as the foundation of its undergraduate programs. Tenure implies responsibilities and obligations of leadership for maintaining academic excellence in the University and of professional participation in activities outside the University.

Included in the review criteria is: "2. Evidence of involvement with other academic programs and interdisciplinary teaching."

"Scholarly Activity and Creative Accomplishment," and "University and Community Service," and "Programmatic and Other Institutional Considerations" are the other main area of review.

Research falls under Scholary Activity and because of the University's interdisciplinary structure itself, this is 'baked-in' to the systems.

For example, NAS is the Department of Natural and Applied Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The department houses an interdisciplinary major and minor program of study in Environmental Science; disciplinary majors and minors in Biology, Chemistry, Geoscience, Mathematics; a discliplinary minor in Physics; and a pre-professional program of study in Engineering.

NAS currently has 30 faculty: four full professors, sixteen associate professors, four assistant professors, five lecturers, and one adjunct assistant professor. NAS also has 12 staff members, including academic and classified staff as well as research associates.

NAS faculty teach and engage in scholarship in both their disciplinary programs and the interdisciplinary program in Environmental Science. Many of the faculty make major contributions to the Environmental Science and Policy graduate program as well.

The website URL where information about the treatment of interdisciplinary research is available:
Does the institution provide ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning that meets the criteria for this credit?:

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

The award winning Cofrin Library at UW-Green Bay provides a full array of services for faculty, staff and students. With the strong environmental programs at the university, the library actively selects and maintains collections in these areas.

The website URL where information about the institution's library support for sustainability is available:

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.