Education & Research

Research

Indiana University is home to cutting edge faculty conducting research in sustainability related fields. The Office of Sustainability and the Education and Research Working Group are collaborating with campus stakeholders to: 

  1. Document and promote current sustainability research to celebrate their achievements and facilitate collaboration through the Sustainability Research Profiles and Sustainability Researcher Clearinghouse, 
  2. Support and promote sustainability research capable of attracting external funding through the Sustainability Research Development Grant program, and 
  3. Provide students increased access to faculty researchers. You will find short descriptions of each programs with links through to program pages. 
Sustainability Research Development Grants

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The Graduate Sustainability Research Development Grant program, jointly sponsored by the University Graduate School, the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, the Center for Research on Energy & the Environment, the Center for Research in Environmental Sciences and the IU Office of Sustainability, provides opportunities for faculty members and students to develop externally funded research related to environmental sustainability. 

View the 2013-14 recipients and their profiles

2012-13 recipients include: 

  • Developing an Urban Site Index (USI) for Sustainable Urban Tree Planting Programs
    • Burnell Fischer, clinical professor at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, along with SPEA graduate students Jessica M. Vogt and Matt Patterson, will study the effectiveness of the Urban Site Index, a rapid site assessment tool used for analysis of tree planting strategies for urban areas. The USI scores a potential street tree planting site on four soil parameters and four street parameters. The team plans to perform detailed soil analyses and monitor mortality and growth rates of recently planted trees to determine how well the USI identifies suitable planting sites -- and in turn, its effectiveness as an urban sustainability planning tool.
  • Bloomington, Indiana, PCB Oral History Project
    • Associate professor Phaedra Pezzullo of the Department of Communication and Culture in the College of Arts and Sciences, together with Communication and Culture graduate students Joshua Barnett, James McGuffey and Jacquelyn Shannon, will work to establish a public, digital archive of oral histories from people who have been most directly involved in the use, disposal, remediation and political controversies related to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in Bloomington. The collected personal histories of local residents involved in the PCB history will shed light on national and international discussions about toxic pollution and sustainability in ways that make evident the intertwined fates of environmental, economic and social equity relations.

Click here for a full list of recipients and grant guidelines

    Clearinghouse

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    In an effort to highlight existing sustainability-related research at IUB, the ERWG created the Sustainability Research Clearinghouse.  The site profiles eight researchers, displaying a photograph and biography of relevant research projects.  Additionally, 53 researchers are listed in a searchable format with links to their faculty homepages.  Each is designated as conducting sustainability focused or sustainability related research. 

    Profiles

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    In an effort to highlight existing sustainability-related research at IUB, the ERWG created the Sustainability Research Clearinghouse.  The site profiles eight researchers, displaying a photograph and biography of relevant research projects.