Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.69
Liaison Careen Arsenault
Submission Date March 8, 2013
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Cornell University
ER-15: Sustainability Research Identification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Lauren Chambliss
Communications Director
Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future
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Has the institution developed a definition of sustainability research?:

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

In chartering the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Cornell used a broad definition of sustainability research using the Brundtland Commission's statement: "Sustainable Development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." Sustainability research requires new ways of thinking and organizing across disciplines that build on the successes of traditional, discipline-based research and teaching to foster a true multidisciplinary approach. To create impact, research must also engage with practitioners, policymakers, and external organizations, such as NGOs, corporations and foundations. Problems related to energy, the environment, and economic development are interdependent and interconnected, transcending individual disciplines. Sustainability is a "system problem" and a broad approach is demanded.

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

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

Cornell looks to the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future (ACSF) to identify and advance multidisciplinary sustainability research and initiatives at Cornell and with external partners. http://www.acsf.cornell.edu/partners/index.php

Thus far, ACSF has engaged 318 researchers across all colleges at Cornell, whose work is directly related to sustainability. The Faculty Fellow Browser (http://www.acsf.cornell.edu/fellows/) may be searched by research topic or organization.

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):

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