Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 86.33
Liaison Lisa Kilgore
Submission Date March 1, 2024

STARS v2.2

Cornell University
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.00 / 12.00 Kurt Fritjofson
Research & Program Administrator
Operations Team
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Total number of employees that conduct research:
1,742

Number of employees engaged in sustainability research:
688

Percentage of employees that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
39.49

Total number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts research:
77

Number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts sustainability research:
59

Percentage of departments that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
76.62

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

Please see file above. Additional information can also be found here: https://fellows.atkinson.cornell.edu/#paging:number=6|paging:currentPage=0


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

Cornell University looks to the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability to identify and advance innovative sustainability research and initiatives at Cornell that are interdisciplinary in nature - bringing together researchers from across colleges, as well as collaborators from external organizations and communities. The Atkinson Center has 688 Faculty Fellows, researchers across all colleges at Cornell, whose work is related to sustainability. The Faculty Fellows Browser can be viewed here: https://fellows.atkinson.cornell.edu/#paging:number=6|paging:currentPage=0 (The Browser may be searched by research topic or organization.)


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability research is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

Cornell Atkinson offers funding opportunities for faculty, postdocs, graduate students, professional students, and undergraduate students working in the area of sustainability. The full list of grants can be viewed here: http://www.atkinson.cornell.edu/grants

Notes for updated list (STARSFacultyFellowData2023), uploaded here 4/12/24:

We revised the list by removing duplicate entries and off campus departments, to more accurately reflect departments on Cornell's campus where sustainability-related research is conducted.

This is the reason for the reduction in the department count from 105 to 59; it does not reflect a reduction in the actual amount of departments on Cornell's campus where sustainability-related research takes place.


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