Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Megan Litke
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2011
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STARS v1.0

American University
ER-15: Sustainability Research Identification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Emily Curley
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability
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Has the institution developed a definition of sustainability research?:
Yes

A copy of the institution's definition of sustainability research:

An informal committee convened in November 2009 to create a working definition of “sustainability research.”

A. Committee Members
- Kathleen Getz, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Kogod School of Business
- Dr. Sikina Jinnah, Assistant Professor, School of International Service
- Stephen MacAvoy, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Science
- Facilitator: Chris O’Brien, Director, Office of Sustainability

B. Definitions

Sustainability Research focuses on a key principle of sustainability (such as social equity or environmental stewardship); addresses a sustainability challenge (such as climate change or poverty); or furthers our understanding of the interconnectedness of societal and environmental challenges. Sustainability research leads toward solutions that support economic prosperity, social well-being, and ecological health.


Has the institution identified its sustainability research activities and initiatives?:
Yes

A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the inventory:

A survey was sent to all faculty members asking them to identify whether they research sustainability. The survey achieved a 20% response rate, with over 300 faculty responding.


Does the institution make its sustainability research inventory publicly available online?:
Yes

The website URL where the sustainability research inventory is posted (required if claiming Part 3 of the credit):

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