Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.35
Liaison Christa Rieck
Submission Date Nov. 23, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Houston
AC-9: Academic Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.00 / 12.00 Michael Mendoza
Sustainability Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:
246

Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in research:
970

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
41.20

The total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that conduct research:
54

A copy of the sustainability research inventory that includes the names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:
Names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:

See research inventory spreadsheet.


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

The Office of Sustainability staff started the inventory by using the existing sustainability research list, which was created by the student social media coordinator in the office because she was posting research projects regularly on social media. Then, the office staff searched the institution's website for additional sustainability research projects and compiled a list of possible projects for each college (based off of what was found on each department's webpage and the existing list).

Each college was contacted individually to review the possible sustainability research projects that the team identified. Specifically, the staff in the Office contacted the dean, department chairs and the already identified faculty engaged in sustainability research or curriculum. Some colleges and departments appointed a liaison to review the research list, sent back the confirmed projects and added any additional projects that the Office staff missed. Other colleges and departments had individuals contact the Office staff directly regarding their specific sustainability research projects. (Departments were also contacted about sustainability courses during this process to avoid overlap since many faculty who teach in sustainability also conduct sustainability research.)

After receiving responses from the colleges and departments, the Office of Sustainability staff compiled all of the feedback to create the complete sustainability research inventory. If a specific project was not confirmed by the dean, department chair or faculty member, the Office of Sustainability staff reviewed the project again and decided whether or not the research project could be considered sustainability research based off of the project description.

The Office staff then met with the Division of Research and decided to only include ranked faculty (rather than also including lecturers, adjunct faculty and staff) for the total researchers count. A complete list of university researchers is not readily available and almost all ranked faculty are required to conduct research. Finally, the Division of Research pulled a list of grants from the university's research database based off of a list of sustainability keywords that the Office staff suggested. All of this information was compiled to produce the final research inventory.


A brief description of notable accomplishments during the previous three years by faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:
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The website URL where information about sustainability research is available:

The number used for all researchers include all ranked faculty (Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor). The average faculty headcount for the three years covered is 970.

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