Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.26
Liaison Alexi Lamm
Submission Date Oct. 10, 2022

STARS v2.2

Utah State University
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 11.33 / 12.00 Alexi Lamm
Sustainability Coordinator
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Total number of employees that conduct research:

Number of employees engaged in sustainability research:

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

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

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

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

A copy of the inventory of the institution’s sustainability research (upload):
Inventory of the institution’s sustainability research:

A copy of the inventory is attached.

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

We requested a list of all research funded in the 2020-2021 fiscal year from sponsored programs. The list was reviewed to identify research grants, excluding grants that fund non-research programs, projects, or staff. Then, sustainability-related research was identified by looking through grant titles and descriptions. If needed, we verified the relationship through faculty publications or webpages. Sustainability themes identify the relationship to sustainability. Originally, the percentage of people with funded research related to sustainability to all people with funded research was our reporting metric.

However, the credit explicitly rejects any sample method. Thus, the Office of Analysis, Assessment and Accreditation generated a list of employees with any research in their role statement, which we used for the total number of researchers at the university. In order include sustainability research that wasn't funded in the last year, we added faculty with participation in the Climate Adaptation Science, Ecology Center, ASPIRE, and Institute of Air, Land & Water were added. Descriptions of these groups are below. Finally, we compared the sustainability research list with the list of people with research in their role statements to remove people doing research who do not have it in their role statement.

The Climate Adaptation Science program closely integrates research, instruction, work-place experience, and collaborations among scientists, federal, state, and local land and resource managers, policy-makers, trainees, and citizen stakeholders. The program emphasizes interdisciplinary research and includes training in informatics, modeling, communication, leadership, project management, risk assessment, decision-making under uncertainty, and interdisciplinary teamwork.

The Ecology Center at Utah State University studies how plants, animals, and other organisms interact with each other and with their environment. A broad range of subjects are studied at the Ecology Center, including biodiversity, climate change, microbes, animal migrations, deforestation, animal behavior, different habitats, changes in season, invasive species, etc. Through the research completed at the Ecology Center, we can learn more about different life-forms, the impact they have on the environment, and how changes in the environment affect them.

Advancing Sustainability through Powered Infrastructure for Roadway Electrification
Mission is to improve health and quality of life for everyone by catalyzing sustainable and equitable electrification across the transportation industries.

Utah State University is building new pathways to engage policy makers with important research in land, water, and air. The institute is an interdisciplinary initiative designed by President Noelle Cockett to bring together two critical discussion spaces—USU’s research programs and state, county, and city governments—to create a positive impact for Utah. To strengthen that connection, the institute reports directly to the Office of the President and collaborates closely with the Office of Research and the Vice President for Federal and State Relations.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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