Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.13
Liaison Bridget Flynn
Submission Date March 9, 2017
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STARS v2.0

Oberlin College
AC-9: Academic Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 7.05 / 12.00 Bridget Flynn
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Environmental Sustainability
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Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:
27

Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in research:
343

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
19

The total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that conduct research:
39

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

The Committee on Environmental Sustainability and Office of Environmental Sustainability sent a survey to members of the faculty.The Office of Environmental Sustainability examined recent faculty research to identify any additional research.


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

- Dashboard Project: The Environmental Dashboard Project has expanded its reach and its staff quite largely over the past few years. The project began solely in one building, grew to a few, then all residence halls and a few academic buildings on campus. Now there are energy-monitoring dashboard displays in public spaces in the City of Oberlin, like the public library and local coffee shop AND is being expanded into all of the local K-12 schools. College students are highly involved in this exciting project. This project is headed by Professor John Petersen in Environmental Studies.

- Community-based social marketing (CBSM) project: The community-based social marketing research project has employed a dozen student researchers in only its first year and a half. This project aims to reduce the College's GHG emissions by 10-15% through behavior change alone. CBSM researchers identified target behaviors, barriers and benefits and craft campaigns accordingly. This research is led by Professor Cindy Frantz in Psychology.


The website URL where information about sustainability research is available:
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This research was conducted for our 2012 STARS Report. We will be updating this information again for 2014.

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