Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Megan Litke
Submission Date March 30, 2016
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STARS v2.0

American University
AC-9: Academic Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Hannah Debelius
Sustainability Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:
94

Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in research:
324

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
37

The total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that conduct research:
50

A copy of the sustainability research inventory that includes the names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:
Names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:

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

Went to each college (Kogod School of Business, College of Arts and Sciences, School of International Service, School of Professional and Extended Studies, School of Public Affairs, and Washignton College of Law) to ask how many total faculty were involved in research in 2015.

Sent a survey to all active faculty in 2015 asking if their research was focused on or related to sustainability using the STARS definitions. This survey also included the data gathering for academic courses related to or focused on sustainability.


A brief description of notable accomplishments during the previous three years by faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:

- Simon Nicholson, School of International Service, won AU's Provost’s 2013 research award for his research on global food politics.
- Daniel Fiorino, School of Public Affairs, is co-director of a project on “Conceptual Innovations in Environmental Policy” with James Meadowcroft of Carleton University, funded by the Canada Research Council on Social Sciences and the Humanities. He is conducting research on the role of sustainability in policy analysis and the effects of regulatory policy design and implementation on technology innovation.
- Sandra Cannon-Brown, School of Communications, focuses on environmental film making. Her Environmental and Wildlife Production students have won student Emmys for their films.
-Karen Knee (environmental science) won a $25,000 U.S. Department of the Interior - Bureau of Land award for the project "Hydrology: Implications for Storm Water Management and Biodiversity."
-Stephen MacAvoy (environmental science) won a $15,000 grant from the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) for the project "Geochemical characteristics of an urban river: detecting the influences of an urban landscape."


The website URL where information about sustainability research is available:

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