STARS Information:

  • Credit Rationale: This credit recognizes institutions that have programs in place to encourage students and faculty members to research sustainability.
  • Environmental Benefits: Providing incentives demonstrates that sustainability is an institutional priority and can help deepen students’ understanding of sustainability issues and attract new researchers to the field. In addition, it helps faculty members explore new areas and encourages broader research on the topic. Having faculty broadly engaged in sustainability research can help increase student exposure to and participation in sustainability research as well.
  • Scoring: Institution may earn 3 points for meeting the criteria outlined below for Part 1, and 3 points for meeting the criteria for Part 2.
    • Part 1: Institution has an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability. The program provides students with incentives to research sustainability. Such incentives may include, but are not limited to, fellowships, financial support, and mentorships.
    • Part 2: Institution has an ongoing program to encourage faculty from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability topics. The program provides faculty with incentives to research sustainability. Such incentives may include, but are not limited to, fellowships, financial support, and faculty development workshops.

Going Green

CSU Channel Islands Summary:

CSU Channel Islands does meet the criteria for this credit by having programs in place to encourage students and faculty members to research sustainability.

Chemistry faculty members are currently collaborating with Biology and Environmental Science and Resource Management programs. Two Chemistry faculty are engaging students in chemical analyses of aquatic life and environmental samples. Another Chemistry faculty member is currently working with students to collect environment samples and analyze them for pollutants. There are several students engaged in analysis whale protein samples in collaboration with Biology faculty. This particular Biology faculty member engages students in field evaluation of whales’ habitat and migration. The Environmental Science and Resource Management faculty members engage students in research dealing with land conservation and coastal preservation, and on-campus sustainability projects such as a sustainability literacy assessment, anaerobic digester, and solar power research.

CI offers internal grant awards through Faculty Development Office for faculty research including sustainability. CI also supports faculty research through identifying external sustainability funding sources and helping faculty in research proposal submissions. Recently CI has also established two additional programs to support faculty research.

All faculty members are invited to apply for the Provost’s Faculty Resource Fund through the Provost's Office for the purpose of securing equipment or material resources needed for teaching, research, and/or creative activities. Proposals from individual faculty can be for the purchase of equipment and/or material resources costing up to $2500.

All tenured and probationary faculty members are invited to apply for the Presidents Summer Research Fellows Awards for the purpose of supporting research or scholarly/creative activities during the summer. Proposals from individual faculty can be for funding up to $5000 to directly support their research or scholarly/creative activities.

Chemistry professor Dr. Philip Hampton has developed so-called “Green Chemistry” laboratories for organic chemistry classes.  This also may be included so that all three of the chemistry tenure-track faculty members are engaged in sustainability research.

Information Received From:

Sadiq Shah: Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs

Learn More:

For more information about the Provost’s Faculty Resource Fund and the President’s Summer Research Awards, click here