Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.49
Liaison Brandon Trelstad
Submission Date Dec. 8, 2021

STARS v2.2

Oregon State University
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 11.37 / 12.00 Brandon Trelstad
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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Total number of employees that conduct research:
675

Number of employees engaged in sustainability research:
281

Percentage of employees that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
41.63

Total number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts research:
155

Number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts sustainability research:
104

Percentage of departments that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
67.10

A copy of the inventory of the institution’s sustainability research (upload):
Inventory of the institution’s sustainability research:
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A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory:
OSU Sustainability Office staff reviewed all 1,401 rows of FY21 active research award data obtained from the OSU Research Office, read all abstracts for new awards not previously reviewed, and coded awards according to their alignment with the Earth Charter and other sustainability principles.

As indicated in OSU’s Strategic Plan, research activities should advance the science of sustainable earth ecosystems, improve human health and wellness, promote economic development and social progress, and/or expand the current knowledge base within sustainability focus areas such as alternative energy, climate, and materials sciences. Faculty and staff were considered researchers if they were successfully awarded research money via an external grant allocation or process.

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability research is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
The total number of employees that conduct research, as well as the number of employees engaged in sustainability research, both include academic staff for whom research is considered in promotion and/or tenure decisions plus others, such as non-academic staff.

The count of "number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts research" listed for this credit is different than the academic department count in other STARS credits. For this Research credit, we define "academic departments" to include all university units conducting sponsored research, which includes centers, institutes and programs (CIPs), cooperative extension offices, Ag Experiment Stations, Student Affairs and others, in addition to traditional academic departments.

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