Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.27
Liaison Prabhakar Shrestha
Submission Date Feb. 20, 2018
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University of Nebraska - Lincoln
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 10.05 / 12.00 Cale Brodersen
Graduate Assistant
UNL Office of Sustainability
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Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in research (headcount):
2104

Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in sustainability research (headcount):
651

Percentage of the institution's faculty and staff researchers that are engaged in sustainability research :
30.94

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts research:
156

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
79

Percentage of research-producing departments that are engaged in sustainability research:
50.64

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):

We received the number of research faculty/staff, and departments from the UNL Office of Research and Economic Development. In order to find those faculty/staff, and departments involved in sustainability research, we reached out to the Office of Sponsored Programs and received a list of all of the faculty and staff that have received grants during fiscal year 2016-2017. Then we used a selection of keywords to narrow down the list to ones that included sustainability in their research. Next we deleted researcher duplicates so that each researcher was only on the list once. This subset included the faculty name, department, and project title that was associated with the grant. This list included 881 items, then we went through the list one-by-one and took out any projects that did not relate to sustainability (that were not removed using the keyword search.) Our final number was 625. The keywords that we used in our initial search are: ecology, environment, sustainability, natural resources, resilience, carbon, climate, social justice, diversity, land, air, water, drought, recycle, agriculture, conservation, biology, food, energy, nature, plants, soil, solar, wind, planning, financial, equity, engagement, efficiency, eco-system, atmosphere, atmospheric science, behavior, biodiversity, biomimicry, LEED, community, life, life-cycle, and resources.


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