Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.30
Liaison Nicholas Liu-Sontag
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2020
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New York University
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 11.14 / 12.00 Nicholas Liu-Sontag
Manager
Sustainability
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Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in research (headcount):
9,452

Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in sustainability research (headcount):
1,524

Percentage of the institution's faculty and staff researchers that are engaged in sustainability research :
16.12

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts research:
109

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
70

Percentage of research-producing departments that are engaged in sustainability research:
64.22

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its sustainability research that includes names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:
The institution’s inventory of its sustainability research that includes names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:
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A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory (including the types of faculty and staff included as researchers):

NYU does not maintain a central database of all research of NYU faculty/staff. Therefore, the Office of Sustainability developed the following methodology to approximate the amount of sustainability research.

First, a search was performed of the Scopus citation database of the last 5 years of published research with an NYU author. This excluded authors from NYU Langone, NYU Shanghai, and NYU Abu Dhabi, which are outside the institutional boundary of this submission. The results were then filtered to determine the number of unique NYU authors from the last 5 years - this yielded 9,452 unique authors - this was taken to be a proxy for the number of NYU faculty performing research (of the last 5 years).

To determine the number of faculty performing sustainability-related research, a set of keywords (listed below) were used to further narrow the search results of the last 5 years. This yielded 1,524 unique authors. The ratio of the two indicates that roughly 16% of NYU faculty are performing sustainability-related research.

To determine the number of departments with at least one faculty member performing research, the list of 1,524 unique authors was processed manually to determine the departments for each faculty member. Due to the size of the list and the amount of time needed to manually process, a random sample of 10% was selected and the departments of those faculty-members were found. This list was supplemented by a manual search of various departments' faculty profiles. This yielded 70 unique departments of NYU's 109 research-conducting departments. In the attached inventory, the Departments sheet lists all NYU departments performing research and at least one faculty member from each department performing Sustainability Research.

These keywords were selected based on a review of other STARS AC-9 Submissions, library sustainability research guides, and NYU subject matter experts. The keywords are listed below.

environment
water
nutrition
ethic
poverty
pollut
consumption
diversity
ecolog
justice
climate change
conservation
equality
resilien
resources
inequality
sustainab
ecosystem
energy efficiency
wellbeing
waste
equity
earth
carbon dioxide
agriculture
human rights
climatolog
marine
emissions
biodiversity
well-being
sea level
greenhouse
farm
empowerment
energy conservation
global warming
flood
renewable
recycl
social responsibility
air quality
drought
indigen
natural resources
energy policy
food security
fossil fuel
sanitation
electric vehicle
solar energy
hunger
population growth
scarc
industrialization
wind energy
carbon footprint
endangered
urban agriculture
deforestation
green chemistry
aborigin
geothermal
circular economy
human settlements
reuse
animal rights
green building
ice cap
long-term impact
net zero
organic agriculture
organic farm
social equity
carbon neutral
desertification
ecotour
energy reform
green energy
green power
low impact
minimum wage
net-zero
tidal energy
triple bottom line
urban farm
net-zero

Please note that truncated keywords (e.g. “recycl”) were included to capture multiple forms of a word (e.g. “recycle”, “recycling”).


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The number of departments in Part 2 is less than NYU's total number of departments because not every department conducts research.

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