Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.18
Liaison Miguel Martin
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

California State University, San Bernardino
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 7.92 / 12.00 Miguel Martin
Energy and Sustainability Manager
Facilities Management
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Total number of employees that conduct research:
408

Number of employees engaged in sustainability research:
40

Percentage of employees that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
9.80

Total number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts research:
34

Number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts sustainability research:
17

Percentage of departments that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
50

A copy of the inventory of the institution’s sustainability research (upload):
Inventory of the institution’s sustainability research:

Refer to uploaded file included with this submission.


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

Measuring sustainability is tracking how each of the three pillars of sustainable
development is progressing over time. The aim of this process is to ensure that the resources inherited by future generations allow for the same (or greater) levels of wellbeing as enjoyed by current generations. Measuring sustainability utilizes various metrics, indicators, indexes,
benchmarks, and assessments to describe characteristics and quantify performance - how
effectively an organization or company is achieving its sustainability objectives.9
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7 http://www.thwink.org/sustain/glossary/ThreePillarsOfSustainability.htm
8 IUCN, "The Future of Sustainability" http://cmsdata.iucn.org/downloads/iucn_future_of_sustanability.pdf page 2
9 Earth Institute, "The Growth of Sustainability Metrics"
http://spm.ei.columbia.edu/files/2015/06/SPM_Metrics_WhitePaper_1.pdf
5 sustainability indicator is perceived to represents “a measurable aspect of environmental, economic, or social systems that is useful for monitoring changes in system characteristics relevant to the continuation of human and environmental wellbeing.”10 The effectiveness of scientifically constructed indicators depends on “trade-offs between scientific soundness and rigor, political effectiveness and democratic legitimacy.”11 Sustainability indicators inform decision-makers, government officials, and the public; they can be a powerful tool to foster sustainability. The process of assessing the progress toward achieving predetermined goals, including evaluating (i) “information on the efficiency with which resources are transformed into goods and services (outputs)”, (ii) “the quality of those outputs … and outcomes (the results of a program activity compared to its intended purpose)”, and (iii) “the e effectiveness of government operations in terms of their specific contributions to program objectives”12 refers to performance measurement. The performance of an organization in all dimensions of sustainability and for all drivers of organizational sustainability refers to organizational sustainability performance. 13 Measuring the internal organizational sustainability performance provides a reliable method to determine the level of integration of sustainability into daily operations and to suggest effective ways for cultural change in the organization.


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability research is available:
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