Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.35
Liaison Stephanie Del Rosario
Submission Date Sept. 10, 2012
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STARS v1.1

California State University, Fullerton
ER-15: Sustainability Research Identification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Scott Hewitt
Interim University Librarian/ Faculty
University LIbrary/ Chemistry & Biochemistry
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Has the institution developed a definition of sustainability research?:

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

Sustainability research generally focuses on one or more of the following using sustainability as a lens to examine a topic:
-creating a healthy economy, healthy society, and/or healthy environment that meets our needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs
-systems-thinking, which is a more holistic way of looking at complex issues and the interconnectedness of our world (rather than looking at a portion of the issue)
-exploring connections between different fields.

This definition is a basic understanding developed by a subset of the Sustainability Ad Hoc Task Force, which included three faculty members and one student. The definition will be further developed and refined through inter-campus collaboration including The Sustainable Future: The Great Debate Project.

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

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

The Office of Research Development database and department website faculty pages were queried for keyword terms: Sustainable, sustainability, environment, social justice, equality, equity, divers(e/ity), green, eco (ecology), LEED, conserv (e/ation), preserv (e/ation). The list of keywords along with analysis of research interests was used to determine faculty research meeting the definition of sustainability research.

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):

This inventory is a preliminary review intended to establish a baseline and best practice for further development and maintenance of sustainability research inventories. Because of the methodology used, some faculty and departments that do conduct sustainability research as defined by the institution may be excluded herein.

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 or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.