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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 Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison James Norman
Submission Date Nov. 15, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Virginia Theological Seminary
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Elizabeth Bentrup
Administrative Coordinator
Academic Administration and Student Life
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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:

Community Engagement Fellowship - provides financial assistance to fellows who cultivate opportunities for community engagement. The current fellows are focused on campus sustainability and incarcerated individuals.
Our campus has 5 new community gardens that encourage community participation (and thereby education). The gardens employ multiple farming methods (w/ and w/o deer fencing, straw bale gardening, and raised bed gardening). Our yield does not surpass campus use, but should it, our fellows have arranged a partnership with a local food pantry.


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:

Financial support is available


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s support for interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

A faculty member's research and service to the institution, community, and the Church are considered in promotion and tenure decisions. Research is supported financially and in community through Meade Seminars (opportunities to engage colleagues in discussion during a period of research and publication) and inaugural lectures (opportunity to share work in a discipline upon promotion).


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:

Our library includes recent publications related to sustainability in its purchasing priorities.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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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.