Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.52
Liaison Gina Talt
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Princeton University
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 10.64 / 12.00 Shana Weber
Director
Office of Sustainability
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Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in research (headcount):
474

Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in sustainability research (headcount):
164

Percentage of the institution's faculty and staff researchers that are engaged in sustainability research :
34.60

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts research:
50

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
29

Percentage of research-producing departments that are engaged in sustainability research:
58.00

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):

The Office of Research and Project Administration provided a list of Principal Investigators and Co-Principal Investigators who had research awards in academic year 2016-2017. This list was further narrowed down to only include faculty (i.e. postdocs/research scholars, graduate students, non-academic staff, and visiting faculty were not included). The Office of Sustainability then filtered this list by research interests to determine the number of sustainability researchers.


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Additional Links:

Environmental research: http://www.princeton.edu/pei/research/

Research conducted by the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment: http://acee.princeton.edu/research/

As a global research university, Princeton seeks to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding. At the same time, Princeton is distinctive among research universities in its commitment to undergraduate teaching. Interdisciplinary work is vital to Princeton and is reflected in a full spectrum of academic programs. The Grand Challenges research program in particular engages faculty from disparate disciplines with postdoctoral fellows and graduate and undergraduate students to examine the scientific, technical, public-policy and human dimensions of climate and energy, water, global health, sustainable development and the urban environment. For example, the Princeton University Resilient-City Lab is currently collaborating with city and emergency personnel in Seattle, New York City, and New Jersey to examine the interconnectedness of urban social, economic, and infrastructure networks in the face of extreme weather events.

The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment also supports research and teaching in the areas of sustainable energy-technology development, energy efficiency, and environmental protection and remediation with the goal to translate fundamental knowledge into practical solutions. Professor Forrest Meggers and his team have designed a Spherical Motion Average Radiant Temperature (SMART) sensor as a simple, cost-effective device that can quickly and accurately measure the surface temperature at multiple locations in a room, creating a three-dimensional picture of the radiant heat and cooling sources. The information can be used to design buildings that are more energy-efficient and that don’t sacrifice personal comfort. Megger’s team is currently seeking patent protection for the technology as well as outside interest for further development of the technology.

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