Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 86.83
Liaison Mark Lichtenstein
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2023

STARS v2.2

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.00 / 12.00 Rochelle Strassner
Sustainability Outreach & Engagement Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Total number of employees that conduct research:

Number of employees engaged in sustainability research:

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

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

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

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

A copy of the inventory of the institution’s sustainability research (upload):
Inventory of the institution’s sustainability research:


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

A survey to assess the number of employees conducting sustainability research was sent to all ESF faculty through an email from the Office of Communications and Marketing and shared in Campus News (email to campus community). A reminder email was sent towards the end of the survey period to gain more responses. Prior to performing the assessment, incomplete, duplicate, and invalid responses were removed as these were omitted from the survey results.

In the survey, faculty were explicitly asked if they perform, lead, or oversee research at ESF and if that research met the definition of sustainability research. The definition of sustainability research provided and used for the purposes of this survey was: “Sustainability research is defined as research and scholarship that explicitly addresses the concept of sustainability, furthers our understanding of the interdependence of ecological and social/economic systems, or has a primary and explicit focus on a major sustainability challenge.”

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability research is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Stanford’s List of World’s Top-Cited Scientists includes 34 from ESF: https://www.esf.edu/news/2022/esf-world-top-cited-scientists.php

Great Lakes Piping Plovers Boosted by ESF Research:

ESF Researchers Among Top 2% Cited Worldwide:

SUNY ESF Researchers Awarded Nearly $250,000 USDA Wood Innovation Grant

ESF Professor Serves as Director for Multi-state Cooperative:

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