Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.92
Liaison Mat Thijssen
Submission Date Oct. 26, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Waterloo
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.00 / 12.00 Mat Thijssen
Sustainability Manager
Sustainability Office
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Total number of employees that conduct research:
1,355

Number of employees engaged in sustainability research:
522

Percentage of employees that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
38.52

Total number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts research:
45

Number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts sustainability research:
41

Percentage of departments that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
91.11

A copy of the inventory of the institution’s sustainability research (upload):
Inventory of the institution’s sustainability research:
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A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory:

The inventory includes Associate Professors, Assistant Professors, and Professors. It does not include adjunct faculty or faculty emeriti, graduate student or post-doctoral research, or staff-led research. Research related to sustainability was identified through publically available research profiles hosted on department websites. Staff from the Sustainability Office and Office of Research searched through research interests and expertise to identify connections to sustainability based on keywords and topics connected to the UN Sustainable Development Goals based on keywords derived from SDSN Global. In addition, the Office of Research looked through lists of affiliated faculty members of major university research institutes related to sustainability, including the Water Institute, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy, and the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change, as the faculty descriptions there often included more specific reference to applications of particular research towards sustainability challenges. The Sustainability Office also worked with the Library to extract publications connected to the SDGs using the Elsevier SDG keywords to corroborate the faculty-profile methodology.


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