Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 47.15
Liaison Elenore Breslow
Submission Date Nov. 24, 2020

STARS v2.2

Brock University
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 11.74 / 12.00 Elenore Breslow
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Management and Environmental Sustainability Research Centre
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Total number of employees that conduct research:
577

Number of employees engaged in sustainability research:
129

Percentage of employees that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
22.36

Total number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts research:
46

Number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts sustainability research:
33

Percentage of departments that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
71.74

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 list of sustainability research was collected by Research Assistants from visiting department and researcher websites. Research articles from 2018-2020 were taken into consideration, in addition to researcher biography.

To determine if sustainability was included in research, STARS’ definition of sustainability research was followed, "Sustainability research is research and scholarship that explicitly addresses the concept of sustainability, furthers our understanding of the interdependence of ecological and social/economic systems, or has a primary and explicit focus on a major sustainability challenge," in conjunction with Brock’s definition of Sustainability from our Sustainability Policy: “a practice that considers the preservation of present and future resources in a way that does not compromise the ability meet the needs of those using them. Practicing Sustainability involves acknowledging the limits of available resources; it is the ability to maintain a defined and balanced system indefinitely with a focus on the conservation of resources. Sustainability can refer to environmentalism, social equity, physical consumption, cultural preservation, and economic development.” Key words were used to simply search criteria, the key words selected were based on STARS and Brock's definition of sustainability research. The following key words were utilized:

Sustainability, environment, climate change, mitigation, adaptation, preservation, resources, conservation, energy, social, equity, diversity, physical consumption, cultural preservation, economic, development, policy.

Based on this criteria, Research Assistants made a list in excel with researcher's name, description of sustainability related research and a link to website.


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability research is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Total number of employees that conduct research is based on Brock’s 2018-2019 Institutional Analysis, which denotes that there are 577 full-time faculty.
https://brocku.ca/institutional-analysis/wp-content/uploads/sites/90/Brock_facts_2018-2019.pdf

Department is defined as a division of a faculty devoted to a particular academic discipline and must offer courses; the term department includes centres.

Interdisciplinary graduate programs that do not fall under one specific department were listed as distinct departments. These interdisciplinary programs were also included in the total count of departments.

Any department that is listed under more than one faculty was not double counted.

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