Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.39
Liaison Phil Valko
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

Washington University in St. Louis
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.40 / 12.00 Cassandra Hage
Sustainability Manager
Office of Sustainability
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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:

See attached.

NOTE: With few exceptions, only tenure and tenure-track professors/faculty were listed in the inventory.

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

The university recently purchased a data analytics tool, Academic Analytics, that develops a searchable database of all of the research being conducted at the university, and compiles all of the publications for each faculty member. It is ideal for this type of survey.

Creating the University’s sustainability research inventory began with key word searches within the Academic Analytics tool, then reviewing publications and faculty website for each search result. Inclusion was determined through faculty members’ identified research areas, description of lab research projects, recent publications and other such descriptions.

Total faculty numbers were obtained through institutional information for tenured and tenure-track faculty provided through the institutional data webpage on the Provost's website.

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability research is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

International Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (https://incees.wustl.edu/)

McDonnell Academy Global Energy and Environment Partnership (http://mageep.wustl.edu/)

Living Earth Collaborative (https://livingearthcollaborative.wustl.edu/)

Tyson Research Center (https://tyson.wustl.edu/projects)

Institute for Public Health (http://publichealth.wustl.edu/)

NOTE: the system for categorizing "departments" in course listings is not aligned with "departments" as defined by the Provost's office for research and within business operations. This causes some confusion and requires calibration when determining the total number of departments for each of the reporting areas to ensure that the numerator and denominator are comparable and representative.
To align the reported # of departments and also reporting around # of depts that do research and # of depts that offer at least 1 sustainability course, we are using the number 65. All of the "depts" listed in the course listing were cross referenced and put into one of the 65 departments for the purpose of reporting the same total number of departments, but not over representing the # of departments that teach sustainability courses.

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