Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.87
Liaison Lindsay Batchelor
Submission Date Jan. 5, 2016
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STARS v2.0

North Carolina State University
AC-9: Academic Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.00 / 12.00 Tracy Dixon
Sustainability Director
Sustainability
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Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:
396

Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in research:
2,113

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
54

The total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that conduct research:
68

A copy of the sustainability research inventory that includes the names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:
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Names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:

Faculty and staff currently engaged in sustainability research can be found here:
https://sustainability.ncsu.edu/curriculum-research/


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

The researchers and faculty that participate in sustainability related work were identified by various sources such as the SPARCS research database, NC State Cleantech Inventory, Global Change Symposium, Environmental Science Academic Program, Academic Sustainability Leaders, Sustainability and Lifecycle Analysis report, and various sustainability-related committees and faculty clusters. Eight University Sustainability Office partners on the "sustainability in research database team" filled out the database fields with College, Department, webpage and email address using publicly available information available on NC State's website. The total researchers was determined by using the two main Sponsored Programs and Regulatory Compliance (SPARCS) data sets for 1) campus researchers with a #5 account and 2) their 2015 list of Principal Investigators and co-Principal Investigators. Researchers that showed up in both the SPARCS lists as well as the sustainability list were determined to be "sustainability researchers" for the purpose of STARS reporting.

When a faculty/ researcher was listed more than once by slight name variations, we selected the more formal or complete. For example, we chose the name FIRST, MIDDLE, LAST over FIRST, LAST. There are possible errors when collecting data on individuals. The data could have accidentally selected out or in: Nicknames, Maiden names, Father/son with same name, Two different people with the same name. If there were misspellings in the data presented, the misspellings may still exist. There is a subjective nature to the process of defining sustainability in research. Research which considers the social and environmental aspects of research in addition to financial aspects is considered sustainability in research at NC State.


A brief description of notable accomplishments during the previous three years by faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:

The Annual Sustainability Report features notable accomplishments in sustainability research each year and can be found online here: https://sustainability.ncsu.edu/about/governance-commitments/


The website URL where information about sustainability research is available:

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