Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.78
Liaison Lisa Mitten
Submission Date March 8, 2018
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State University of New York at New Paltz
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 9.95 / 12.00 Lisa Mitten
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Campus Sustainability
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Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in research (headcount):
291

Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in sustainability research (headcount):
36

Percentage of the institution's faculty and staff researchers that are engaged in sustainability research :
12.37

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts research:
32

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
20

Percentage of research-producing departments that are engaged in sustainability research:
62.50

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 inventory includes tenure-track academic faculty who are expected to research under their employment contract as well as staff from the Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives who conduct research.

The Office of Campus Sustainability sent out multiple emails to the faculty-staff listserve requesting the faculty fill out an online form if they conducted sustainability research. The following guidance was given about sustainability research:

Sustainability research includes subject matter that contribute to understanding or solving a major sustainability challenge such as climate change, global poverty and inequality, natural resource depletion, and environmental degradation. To identify research that contributes towards understanding or solving sustainability challenges, it is helpful to ask:
1. Does your course or research contribute towards realizing one or more of the principles outlined in the Earth Charter?
and/or
2. Does your course or research contribute towards achieving one or more of the targets embedded in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

The Office of Campus Sustainability also reached out directly to faculty members who we knew conducted sustainability research.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Please note that in this credit, we reported 32 departments, instead of 31 departments as reported in IC-3. SUNY New Paltz has the Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives, which conducts regional research. While not an academic department that does teaching, we added the Benjamin Center as a department for this credit because it does conduct academic research.

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