AC 10: Support for Sustainability Research – version 2.2
Frequently Asked Questions
How has this credit changed between STARS 2.1 and 2.2?
Minor changes were made. The title of the credit was revised, and definitions for sustainability challenges and sustainability research were updated. A comprehensive list of differences can be found in the 2.2 Summary of changes.
Do programs that support research generally, including sustainability research, count for this credit?
No. To qualify, sustainability research programs must have an explicit intent to increase sustainability research by academic staff or students. General or interdisciplinary support programs do not count, unless the program is clearly focused on sustainability or has a sustainability component. For example, a general research support program that included a category for sustainability focused research support would qualify.
What are some examples of library support?
Examples of sustainability support may include research guides, materials selection policies and practices, curriculum development efforts, sustainability literacy promotion, and/or e-learning objects focused on sustainability.
- California State University, Channel Islands – Thorough responses in all sections, referencing well-established programs. Detailed policy provided for recognizing interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions.
- Georgia Institute of Technology – Thorough responses with links under each section outlining support for sustainability-focused research.
- State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry – Interdisciplinary research – standards for appointment require collaborative scholarly research.
- University of Virginia – Comprehensive responses in all areas, with significant support from sustainability-focused research centers and institutes. Good reporting example for large and research focused institutions.
Common Issues Identified During Review
- Student and faculty support – In order to count, sustainability research programs must specifically aim to increase student/faculty sustainability research. General or interdisciplinary support programs do not count, unless the program is clearly focused on sustainability or has a sustainability component.
- Interdisciplinary, Transdisciplinary, and/or Multidisciplinary Research – Response must affirm published promotion and tenure guidelines that give explicit positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and/or multidisciplinary research.