Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.79
Liaison Lindsay Crum
Submission Date Aug. 3, 2020

STARS v2.2

Yale University
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.00 / 12.00 Melissa Goodall
Associate Director
Office of Sustainability
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Total number of employees that conduct research:
5,187

Number of employees engaged in sustainability research:
3,423

Percentage of employees that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
65.99

Total number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts research:
102

Number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts sustainability research:
85

Percentage of departments that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
83.33

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

See attachment


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

Data was extracted from the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) research inventory. The Yale Office of Sustainability launched a project aimed at understanding how Yale’s teaching and research aligns with the 17 UN SDGs. A group of interdisciplinary students (hereafter referred to as the team) uses an online form mainly composed of pre-populated fields to collect information on the research of the 4,400+ faculty at Yale and how their work relates to the SDGs. The basic review tactic is an audit of faculty biographies, websites, and courses taught. In some cases, a brief internet search may supplement information available on Yale websites. Information collected on each faculty member includes:
• Full name, net ID, title, email
• Primary appointment
• Secondary appointment (where applicable)
• Centers, Labs, or Programs (where applicable)
• Other Affiliations (where applicable)
• Specialties & Interests
• Website(s) (link)
• Courses (link)
• Connections to each of the 17 goals
Once the information has been entered into the form, it can be downloaded as a CSV file for analysis and to generate lists and spreadsheets. Full name, net ID, email, and primary appointment is determined by the Yale Directory. Secondary appointments, centers, labs, or programs, other affiliations, and specialties and interests is determined using faculty webpages.
In preparation for the research inventory data collection, each member of the team is required to develop a thorough understanding of the SDGs, including the narrative and targets that undergird each goal. For the purpose of STARS, we define “sustainability research” as faculty who have been tagged in the inventory as working on 1 or more SDG.

To collect information on research staff, the Yale Office of Sustainability uses the Yale Centers and Institutes list. This list is divided into three categories - Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, Medical & Health Sciences, and Sciences & Engineering. Center and Institute websites are reviewed and staff members whose job title involves research related duties, including but not limited to: editorial staff, postdoctoral staff, specialists, programmers, analysts were marked as staff researchers. Job titles which were excluded were administrator, manager, coordinators, administrative assistant, director. The total number of research staff for the Medical & Health Sciences centers and institutes was provided by a previous review (2016) conducted by the Director of the Yale School of Medicine Faculty Support. This review uses a more comprehensive list of job titles including but were not limited to; technicians, biostatistician, laboratory assistant, research and development tech, research assistant, research associate, statistician. Sustainability staff are identified by a review of center and institute websites. If the center/institute is identified as relating to sustainability, all research staff are marked as sustainability staff.


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