Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.39
Liaison Brad Spanbauer
Submission Date July 9, 2015
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University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
AC-9: Academic Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 11.07 / 12.00 Brian Kermath
Sustainability Director
Sustainability Office
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Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:

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

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

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

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:

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

Worked with the office of Grants and Faculty Development to get an entire campus research list, and then evaluated each project for sustainable research.

A brief description of notable accomplishments during the previous three years by faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:

1) UWO Professor Jennifer Schuttlefield Christus CCI is a co-PI on the NSF-funded "CCI Solar Center for Innovation in Solar Fuels." Solar research focuses on one of the “holy-grails” of 21st Century chemistry – the efficient and economical conversion of solar energy into stored chemical fuel. CCI Solar investigators are targeting the critical science underpinning the solar-driven decomposition of water into hydrogen and oxygen. The technological, environmental, economic, and social benefits of renewable solar fuels cannot be overstated: every human being on Earth would be impacted by the development of sustainable energy resources. The CCI Solar research team is actively engaged to bring this goal to fruition. http://www.ccisolar.caltech.edu/

2) UWO Professor Stephanie Spehar, PI: The Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) population has declined over 50% during the last 60 years, encounter rates of wild orangutans have decreased six fold, and most scientists estimate fewer than 50,000 individuals survive in the wild. This sharp decline has occurred almost entirely due to human activities and development and is projected to continue into the future. In order to preserve wild orangutan populations, reliable and inexpensive methods are needed for estimating population size and monitoring populations, but such methods are lacking. Furthermore, since the majority of wild populations (~ 75%) are located outside of protected areas, it is imperative to work with local communities and governments to build sustainable policies for management of forest resources. http://www.integratedconservation.org/page/orangutans

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