Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.77
Liaison Lexi Brewer
Submission Date July 25, 2012
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University of Puget Sound
ER-15: Sustainability Research Identification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Dan Sherman
Associate Professor
Environmental Studies
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Has the institution developed a definition of sustainability research?:

A copy of the institution's definition of sustainability research:
Sustainability research focuses on a key principle of sustainability (such as social equity or environmental stewardship); addresses a sustainability challenge (such as climate change or poverty); or furthers our understanding of the interconnectedness of societal and environmental challenges.  Sustainability research leads toward solutions that support economic prosperity, social well-being, and ecological health. We use the rubric of 7 sustainability principles adopted by the AASHE Sustainability Learning Objective Group to inform analysis of research focus.

Has the institution identified its sustainability research activities and initiatives?:

A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the inventory:
A team of three researchers (faculty member Dan Sherman, student Ellie Barber and alumna Leana Schwartz) conducted content analysis of all faculty curriculum vitae (CVs--academic resumes of professional work) collected for the university’s most recent accreditation (2009). As mentioned above, the AASHE Sustainability Learning Objective Group rubric was used to determine the extent to which faculty research projects engaged sustainability principles. Barber and Schwartz then analyzed the entire set of CVs. When discrepancies, confusion or questions arose over particular syllabi, Barber, Schwartz and Sherman met to resolve them.

Does the institution make its sustainability research inventory publicly available online?:

The website URL where the sustainability research inventory is posted (required if claiming Part 3 of the credit):
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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