|Submission Date||July 29, 2011|
Arizona State University
ER-15: Sustainability Research Identification
University Sustainability Practices
Has the institution developed a definition of sustainability research?:
A copy of the institution's definition of sustainability research:
Arizona State University’s definition of sustainability research has evolved and was developed based upon input from a number of faculty and staff from across the University, but was primarily shaped under the guidance from the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development, the Global Institute of Sustainability and the School of Sustainability. An oversight committee responsible for coordinating the University’s sustainability research has approved the operating definition used to identify research as sustainability-related. This committee is composed of three members representing three distinct departments:
Dr. R. F. Shangraw
Senior Vice President for the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development
Tenured Faculty in the College of Public Programs
Dr. Sander Van Der Leeuw
Director of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Dr. Robert Melnick
Executive Dean of the Global Institute of Sustainability
Has the institution identified its sustainability research activities and initiatives?:
A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the inventory:
The University identifies sustainability research activities as those that meet any of the following criteria:
1. Involves an academic unit, administrative unit, or research center that has a primary interest in sustainability related studies.
The Global Institute of Sustainability
The School of Sustainability
Arizona Institute for Renewable Energy
2. Involves a faculty members either (1) named as a Distinguished Sustainability Scientist or Scholar, (2) named as a Senior Sustainability Scientist or Scholar, or (3) has an academic appointment to the University’s School of Sustainability.
See complete listing of the School of Sustainability’s Appointed Faculty at
See complete listing of the University’s Sustainability Scientists and Scholars at
3. Is funded a sponsor whose primary interest is in sustainability related fields and technologies.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency
Private Sector Solar Energy Companies
4. Is identified as sustainability related by a positive match between a term in the project’s title and sustainability related keyword or term.
“100 Cities Program”
“Water Quality Center”
Does the institution make its sustainability research inventory publicly available online?:
The website URL where the sustainability research inventory is posted (required if claiming Part 3 of the credit):
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE
staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.