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Faculty Sustainability Research Awards

Every year the Sustainability Practices and Research Center (SPARC) provides two awards to recognize exceptional, completed Faculty Sustainability Research Projects. Two $1000 awards will be given in one or both of the following categories: 1) traditional scholarship (i.e., conference or journal-targeted academic research/writing), and 2) applied scholarship (i.e., tangibly benefiting community, campus, or students/teaching, etc.). The two winners will be selected by a review committee made up of members of the WSU Faculty Senate Environmental Initiatives Committee.

Eligible submissions include any traditional research/applied project in the area of sustainability completed during the 2021 calendar year or in the 2022 Spring semester.

Sustainability research is research and scholarship that explicitly addresses the concept of sustainability, furthers our understanding of the interdependence of ecological and social/economic systems, or has a primary and explicit focus on a major sustainability challenge.

Submissions will be judged on the following:

  • the link to sustainability, expansively defined.
  • the generation of new content or knowledge for sustainability
  • the research approach, including creativity/originality, and
  • the impact (practical or scholarly).

For consideration, the form below must be completed, and all submission documents/information must be emailed to the review committee chair, Dr. Gavin Roberts, who serves on the Environmental Initiatives Committee, by April 1.

Please carefully read the following submission guidelines prior to submitting — missing information may result in the disqualification of a submission.

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