Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.69
Liaison Ciannat Howett
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Emory University
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 7.19 / 12.00 Kelly Weisinger
Assistant Director
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Total number of employees that conduct research:
1,884

Number of employees engaged in sustainability research:
142

Percentage of employees that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
7.54

Total number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts research:
67

Number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts sustainability research:
35

Percentage of departments that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
52.24

A copy of the inventory of the institution’s sustainability research (upload):
Inventory of the institution’s sustainability research:
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A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory:

For this report, Emory tried out a new methodology because this is the first year the Office of Sustainability Initiatives does not have a faculty member on staff to develop and analyze a faculty/staff survey and conduct necessary follow-up inquiries to faculty/staff about their courses and research. Also, when Emory utilized the self-reporting survey methodology, approximately only 16% of faculty responded. This time, we wanted to compare methodologies for comprehensive identification of sustainability courses and research.

Our methodology for this report was to create a list of keywords consisting of AASHE's recommended keywords that include Earth Charter and UN SDG references, and adding some that Emory faculty partners recommended that were missing from the AASHE list. This same keyword list was used in the first step to inventorying the courses for AC-1, the research for AC-9, and the continuing education courses for EN-12.

Emory's Office of Institutional Research applied the keywords to an algorithm to flag courses and funded research that contained at least two keywords. Once those courses and research were filtered, the Office of Sustainability Initiatives' Quantitative Methods intern reviewed all of the course and research descriptions of those filtered, identified whether or not they were sustainability-focused or sustainability-inclusive, and eliminated those that were neither. Our intern used the long course and research descriptions to conduct this review.

The number of researchers and departments were calculated by the Office of Institutional Research in collaboration with the Office of Sustainability.


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability research is available:
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Data reported for 2017, 2018 and 2019 academic years.

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