|Timestamp||Name||Institution/Organization||Position/Role||1.1. Comments on the research identification indicator||1.2. Comments on the research by department indicator||2.1. Comments on the research center indicator||3.1. Comments on the code of conduct indicator||3.2. Comments on the integrated research indicator||3.3. Comments on the research collaboration indicator||3.4. Comments on the open access indicator||Overall comments on the Responsible Research and Innovation credit||Please provide any suggestions you may have for Exemplary Practice credits related to Research & Scholarship.||Additional comments on Research & Scholarship in STARS|
|1/13/2022 18:41:26||Alex Davis||Arizona State University||Sustainability office staff; responsible for STARS submission||Institution-wide vs. not institution-wide - if these policies are all set at a sub-institution level, would each sub-institution unit having such a policy count for "institution-wide"?||Is there a minimum size for an open access article processing charge fund? There could be a baseline, even of just something like "Must be able to fund at least one article publication per year for 1% of faculty".|
|2/3/2022 18:16:20||Irena Lambrou||WCC||Sustainability Program Coordinator||We were in this program for a number of years, and got out because it was more administrative work than the college was willing to commit to.||"We were in this program for a number of years, and got out because it was more administrative work than the college was willing to commit to" - Barry Maxwell, past Sustainability Program Coordinator, WCC|
|2/3/2022 22:04:36||Elaine Durr||Elon University||Director of Sustainability||Suggestion: Provide examples and/or more information for this indicator. Is a certain level of activity required for the collaborative/network or a particular level of involvement required from the institution?|
|2/14/2022 16:16:25||Dr. Eric Howard||Brandt Associates||Associate||Does the "Sustainability" research have to cover a broad range of sustainability topics, or can it address only one of the 17 SDGs? If a professor only works on Poverty elimination (SDG#1), does that count?||Does the research center's need to include "Sustainability" and cover a broad range of sustainability topics, or can it address only one of the 17 SDGs?||In addition to inter-campus collaboration, I'd like to see additional focus on multi-sector collaboration (such as working with a researchers who are affiliated with government agencies, non-profit advocacy organization, or the private sector).|
|2/17/2022 15:33:59||Leah Ceperley||University of Dayton||Sustainability Planning Manager||You've indicated in 1.1 that the change away from researcher counting to a more broad identification of scholarship is to better align with the Curriculum approach. To respond robustly to 1.2, # of departments, however, requires researcher counting, which seems contradictory.||If my memory serves, a past STARS version asked a similar question, and required certain criteria to be meet to qualify. This version does not appear to include criteria other than yes/no to the presence of a code of conduct. Do you anticipate including criteria?|
|2/18/2022 5:32:28||Carmen Primo Perez (on behalf of the UTAS Education for Sustainability Community of Practice)||University of Tasmania||Senior Sustainability Officer||While we see the value of the existence of an autonomous sustainability focused research centre. But does awarding points for such a centre somewhat undermine the motivation to advance interdisciplinary sustainability research across the whole institution? Rewarding the existence of a sustainability themed research centre should not be at the expense of motivating institutions to promote interdisciplinary sustainability research across the whole institution.|
|2/18/2022 20:47:11||Karen Oberer||McGill University||Sustainability Officer||This is a positive change.||This is a positive change.||May need to clarify that the collaboration specified here is distinct from EN 11 Inter-Campus Collaboration.||All changes seem to be good ones.|
|2/25/2022 17:35:36||Cindy Shea||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||Sustainability Director||1.1 What is meant by short-term/casual academic employees? (There is no bookmark.) We have traditionally excluded graduate students, post-docs, and adjunct faculty from our research inventories. We also exclude staff who conduct research but do not have academic appointments. Adjunct faculty have no incentive to conduct research. They get paid solely by the course. Grad students and post-docs are affiliated with campus faculty. Identifying professional staff without academic appointments who conduct unfunded research would be virtually impossible. And what would the boundaries be in terms of research -- sustainable business practices, including DEI/JEDI, or applied research, or basic research support, or …? This sounds like a nightmare.|
Also, there is no systematic way to track unsponsored research.
Do Institutional Research, VC for Research, and other more administrative entities count for multistakeholder inclusion? If yes, fine. If not, I oppose. There is no incentive for other research units to participate in conducting an inventory. It’s more important to engage them in other ways such as Green Labs programs, etc.
|1.2 The threshold of 90% is unrealistic for non-liberal arts institutions. Most of our research funding is brought in the by the Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy. We also have Schools of Public Health, Dentistry, and Nursing. While Public Health conducts extensive sustainability research, the other professional schools mentioned do not. The tail does not wag the dog.||I hope people with expertise are evaluating these criteria.||Are there still credits related to student research showcases? and Funding for student research?|