Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.15
Liaison Laura Young
Submission Date March 3, 2022

STARS v2.2

Michigan State University
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.00 / 12.00 Laura Young
Sustainability Program Coordinator
Administration-EVP-Office of Sustainability
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Total number of employees that conduct research:

Number of employees engaged in sustainability research:

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

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

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

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

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


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

For this credit, only researchers in MSU's Tenure system were included for both the inventory of faculty members conducting sustainability research and the total faculty count (i.e., with assistant, associate, or full professor rank). Fixed-term faculty, adjunct faculty, and academic staff (e.g., research associates, specialists) were excluded from both the inventory and total researcher count. MSU's 2019 research inventory was used as a starting list. The list was reviewed to remove faculty that are no longer employed at the university. To identify additional tenure-track faculty, the MSU Scholars database was searched using keywords representing sustainability and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (i.e., sustainability challenges such as poverty, health equity, gender equality, food and hunger, environmental justice). In addition, centers with affiliated faculty that conduct sustainability research were checked (e.g., Environmental Science and Policy Program, Center for Gender in Global Context, Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities, Center for Interdisciplinary). Departments focused in sustainability were also checked against the list (e.g., Department of Community Sustainability, Fisheries and Wildlife). This provided a cross check and significant confidence in the data. MSU's academic departments are defined as degree-granting units within the university.

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

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