Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.63
Liaison Dennis Carlberg
Submission Date Dec. 14, 2011
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.1

Boston University
ER-15: Sustainability Research Identification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Dennis Carlberg
Associate Vice President for University Sustainability
BU Sustainability
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Has the institution developed a definition of sustainability research?:
No

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

Working Definition*:
Sustainability research at Boston University engages resources to help prepare for a world where increasing demands must be balanced with environmental, economic and social sustainability. These challenges involve holistic solutions that bring together a broad spectrum of disciplines such as environmental, health and social science, engineering and technology, economics and management, and policy and law. For the purposes of reporting to STARS, only funded research will be included.


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

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

The sustainability research inventory was developed through a list provided by the Office of Sponsored Programs. For the purposes of reporting to STARS, only funded research is included. Two sustainability@BU interns identified the sustainability related projects by title and research content.


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):

The University's working definition for sustainability research is, "Sustainability research at Boston University engages resources to help prepare for a world where increasing demands must be balanced with environmental, economic and social sustainability. These challenges involve holistic solutions that bring together a broad spectrum of disciplines such as environmental, health and social science, engineering and technology, economics and management, and policy and law. For the purposes of reporting to STARS, only funded research will be included." It was developed by the Director of Boston University's Clean Energy & Environmental Sustainability Initiative and the Sustainability Director and reviewed by several University researchers. To meet the STARS criteria, a task force is being formed with researchers representing four colleges, CEESI and sustainability@BU.

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.