Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 88.14
Liaison Tonie Miyamoto
Submission Date Dec. 6, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Colorado State University
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.00 / 12.00 Tonie Miyamoto
Director of Communications and Sustainability
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Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in research (headcount):
755

Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in sustainability research (headcount):
374

Percentage of the institution's faculty and staff researchers that are engaged in sustainability research :
49.54

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts research:
55

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
44

Percentage of research-producing departments that are engaged in sustainability research:
80

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its sustainability research that includes names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:
The institution’s inventory of its sustainability research that includes names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:

Sample list (full list available at http://www.green.colostate.edu/research.aspx)
Amy Prieto, Chemistry (energy storage and conversion)
Jordan Suter, Agricultural Resource Economics (behavioral economics of water use)
Kevin Crooks, Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology (ecological assessment and anthropogenic effects)
William Clements, Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology (selenium bioaccumulation and food chain transfer)
Diana Wall, Biology (integrating science for sustainability)
Marisa Bunning, Food Science and Human Nutrition (food chain safety)
Scott Haley, Soil and Crop Sciences (wheat breeding for improved yield, quality, and disease resistance)
Steven Strauss, Chemistry (organic photovoltaic materials)
Richard Bowen, Biomedical Sciences (feral swine pathogen surveillance)
Lise Aubry, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture (integrated conservation approaches)
Walajabad Sampath, Mechanical Engineering (improved photovoltaic efficiency)
Emily Fischer, Atmospheric Science (impact of fires on air quality and the nitrogen cycle)
Paul Morley, Public Health (antimicrobial resistance ecology)
David Dandy, Chemical and Biological Engineering (cyanobaterial biorefineries)
Stephanie Kampf, Natural Resource Ecology (pathways to environmental science and sustainability)


A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory (including the types of faculty and staff included as researchers):

The numbers given are a conservative estimate based on keyword searches through the CSU research database. The actual number of faculty/projects/departments involved in sustainable research is likely higher. A detailed methodology for this credit is attached below.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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The number of Academic Departments listed here that conduct research is different from the number of Academic Departments and equivalents listed in IC3 and AC1 that offer academic courses. This is intentional as 4 of our Academic Departments are special academic units that offer courses but do not engage in research; research is conducted under the purview of the 55 academic department units analyzed for this credit.

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