Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.67
Liaison Stephen Ellis
Submission Date Oct. 7, 2021

STARS v2.2

Boston University
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.93 / 12.00 Dennis Carlberg
Associate Vice President for University Sustainability
BU Sustainability
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Total number of employees that conduct research:
711

Number of employees engaged in sustainability research:
85

Percentage of employees that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
11.95

Total number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts research:
209

Number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts sustainability research:
30

Percentage of departments that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
14.35

A copy of the inventory of the institution’s sustainability research (upload):
Inventory of the institution’s sustainability research:
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A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory:

The sustainability research inventory was developed through a collaboration with Institutional Research, the BU Research office, and BU Libraries. The Library Liaison group met with sustainability@BU in July of 2016 to discuss the definition of sustainability in relation to the Earth Charter, what types of research archives are available to the campus community, and how to robustly collect information in order to better capture what projects researchers are engaged in within BU. A keyword list based on sustainability-related principles was then generated in order to better guide data capturing. Through a continued partnership with Kenneth Liss, Head of Liaison & Instruction for the University’s libraries, a final list of researchers and their projects was generated. The list attached contains information on research drawn from databases such as MyCV, UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program), and OpenBU (dissertations and theses). The information reported represents data on funded research projects from FY2019.


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability research is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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This represents FY2019 BU Metrics.

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