Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.58
Liaison Derek Nichols
Submission Date Dec. 14, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University at Buffalo
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.95 / 12.00 Amy Schmit
Assistant Vice President for Administration & Planning
Vice Provost for Research & Economic Development
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Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in research (headcount):
1126

Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in sustainability research (headcount):
252

Percentage of the institution's faculty and staff researchers that are engaged in sustainability research :
22.38

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts research:
114

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
42

Percentage of research-producing departments that are engaged in sustainability research:
36.84

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):

Through the engagement of the Sustainability Research subcommittee of the Stewardship Committee, a comprehensive inventory of our research active faculty who are engaged with sustainability related research was created.

Researchers were identified through a four step process. An initial list was developed based on the inventory of researchers that was submitted for the previously mentioned STARS 2015 submission. The list was reviewed to identify whether they are still engaged with sustainability research. Secondly, additional sustainability related researchers were identified as part of the RENEW strategic planning that worked to identify focus areas and interdisciplinary research areas. After reviewing the initial inventory we further identified and suggested faculty who were engaged in sustainability research using the UN's Sustainable Development goals as a guide. Additionally, results of the inventory were shared with all schools at the institution, and Deans and faculty were invited to provide ongoing input and updates.


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