Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 39.89
Liaison Charles Riley
Submission Date Dec. 13, 2011
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Oregon Institute of Technology
ER-15: Sustainability Research Identification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 3.00 Claudia Torres Garibay
Chair, Sustainability Committee
Electrical and Renewable Energy Engineering
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Has the institution developed a definition of sustainability research?:
Yes

A copy of the institution's definition of sustainability research:

Definition of Sustainability Research
Oregon Institute of Technology
April 28, 2011

Education and Research Credit #15: Sustainability Research Identification

Background
As part of the Oregon Institute of Technology’s (OIT) participation in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s Sustainability, Tracking, and Rating System (STARS 1.0), OIT needed to complete the following task:

“Institution has developed a definition of sustainability research. The definition was developed by a committee comprised of at least three faculty members from different departments who conduct research. The committee may include students, staff, and other stakeholders as well. The definition does not have to be formally adopted.”

On April 28, 2011, the OIT Sustainability Committee (a formal standing committee comprised of administrative staff and faculty) met to define sustainability related and focused research at the institution. Adopted May 12, 2011.

Definitions
The committee formally adopted the following definition:

Sustainability research
a)focuses on a key principle or principles of sustainability (such as ecological restoration, environmental health, renewable energy, lean manufacturing, high-performance building and infrastructure, social justice, vernacular solutions, population dynamics, triple bottom line) or
b)addresses a sustainability challenge (such as climate change, energy conservation, transportation, population growth, environmental or human health) or
c)furthers our understanding of the interconnectedness of societal and environmental challenges or
d)leads toward genuine solutions that embrace multi-generational long-term economic prosperity, social well-being, and ecological health.

April 28, 2011, DOW 251 Sustainability Committee Meeting
Attendees:
Charles Riley, CIV
Ron Swisher, NATSCI
Cristina Negoita, MATH
Carrie Wittmer, ENV
Tom Chester, OREC
Linda Riley, OREC
Jan Abeita, Library


Has the institution identified its sustainability research activities and initiatives?:
No

A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the inventory:
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Does the institution make its sustainability research inventory publicly available online?:
No

The website URL where the sustainability research inventory is posted (required if claiming Part 3 of the credit):
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