Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 88.13
Liaison Tonie Miyamoto
Submission Date Nov. 7, 2022

STARS v2.2

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 employees that conduct research:
712

Number of employees engaged in sustainability research:
463

Percentage of employees that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
65.03

Total number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts research:
73

Number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts sustainability research:
67

Percentage of departments that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
91.78

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

Sample list - see attached inventory for all researchers
Joshua Berning, Agricultural & Resource Economics (Food insecurity in U.S. immigrant and elderly populations)
Jessica Metcalf, Animal Sciences (human microbiome health changes associated with urbanization)
Suzanne Kent, Anthropology & Geography (Bridging the gap between conservation and cultural heritage in Honduras)
Jessie Creaman, Atmospheric Science (Arctic climate feedbacks with thawing permafrost)
Chris Funk, Biology (Genomics as a conservation strategy to predict climate vulnerability)
Richard Bowen, Biomedical Sciences (Novel risk factors for severe COVID-19 lung disease and vaccination studies)
Kenneth Reardon, Chemical & Biological Engineering (using algae for renewable energy)
Akkihebbal Ravishankara, Chemistry (Connections between PM2.5 exposure and COVID-19 outcomes)
Ellison Carter, Civil & Environmental Engineering (Reducing environmental exposures through energy-efficiency improvements for low-income rental homes)
John van de Lindt, Civil & Environmental Engineering (Bolstering community resilience following natural disasters through cost sharing)
Steven Dow, Clinical Sciences (COVID-19 immune activation studies)
Martin Carcasson, Communication Studies (Improving deliberative capacity in U.S. cities)
Shrideep Pallickara, Computer Science (Software infrastructure for transformative urban sustainability research)
Sonali Diddi, Design & Merchandising (Circular economy curriculum for textile and clothing)
Stephanie Kampf, Ecosystem Science & Sustainability (Urban expansion and climate change impacting ecosystem services and wildfire risk)
Andreas Neophytou, Environmental & Radiological Health Sciences (Investigating air pollution exposures impact on childhood health outcomes)
Eric Ishiwata, Ethnic Studies (Self-empowerment for Colorado's Immigrant and Refugee Communities through Knowledge Justice)
Liba Goldstein, Fish, Wildlife & Conservation Biology (Avian habitat use in landscapes undergoing energy development)
Megan Mueller, Food Science & Human Nutrition (Restaurant corporate social responsibility and association with business practices relevant to cardiovascular health)
Linda Nagel, Forest & Rangeland Stewardship (Development and communication of sustainable agriculture practices)
Jared Orsi, History (Community engaged public lands history)
Melissa George, Human Development & Family Studies (Community based intervention strategies for opioid use in rural areas)
Jon Salerno, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (Modeling human migration patterns due to climate change)
Joseph Champ, Journalism & Media Communication (Communication and organization systems in vulnerable communities)
Jason Quinn, Mechanical Engineering (Harnessing algae and cyanobacteria for carbon sequestration)
Gregory Ebel, Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology (Understanding asymptomatic COVID-19 transmission and COVID-19 monitoring in senior living facilities)
David McIvor, Political Science (Community dialogue surrounding climate action)
Patricia Aloise-Young, Psychology (Social constructs surrounding micro-grid development post-hurricane)
Kimberly Henry, Psychology (Intergenerational impacts of the criminal justice system)


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

The numbers given are a conservative estimate based on keyword searches through the CSU research database, further filtered based on connection to UN Sustainable Development Goals. For faculty with multiple sustainability research projects, additional projects were listed with one highlighted. The actual number of faculty and departments involved in sustainable research is likely higher. The inventory went through multiple reviews, starting with the the keyword search, then a staff review connecting projects to SDGs and formatting for clarity, and a further review by multiple staff and a third party reviewer to check validity of sustainability research and SDG connection. A detailed methodology for this credit is attached below.


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability research is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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 four of our Academic Departments are special academic units that offer courses but do not engage in research and there are many departments, centers, and institutes where employees conduct research but do not offer academic courses. By including all departments at CSU where employees conduct research (and not just those that offer academic courses), we feel this is a more comprehensive assessment of the research activities at CSU.

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