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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.28
Liaison Austin Eriksson
Submission Date Feb. 29, 2016
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California State University, Northridge
AC-9: Academic Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.75 / 12.00 Helen Cox
Director, Institute for Sustainability
Institute for Sustainability
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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:

The Web of Science indexing service was used to search for publications of the 886 tenured and tenure-track faculty. The abstracts of these publications were then searched for the same 144 keywords utilized in our identification of sustainability-related courses. The keyword list was developed by the Sustainability Advisory Committee at the University of North Carolina for this purpose, and presented at the AASHE 2014 conference. Sustainability-related research papers were identified as those with 3 or more keywords occurring in the abstract, and the authors of those papers are those counted here. The script developed in-house to perform this process is available at: https://github.com/lpmagnuson/STARS.

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

Erica Wohldmann: Working to reducing food deserts and promoting healthy eating in the City of Los Angeles (invited presentations, book, journal articles)
Mechelle Best: Environmental management in hospitality & tourism; ecotourism and nature-based tourism; tourism impacts; and community participation in tourism. Conducting research on tourism education in secondary schools in the Caribbean, and slavery heritage used by the tourism sector in the Caribbean.
Peter Edmunds: Studies the ecology and long-term dynamics of coral reefs in order to identify temporal trends and provide a rich ecological context within which mechanistic research can be designed.
Mintesnot Woldeamanuel: Evaluation of public transit and its role in a sustainable city.
Chhandak Basu: Production of genetically engineered plant cells and their use as factories for production of biofuel and biodiesel.
Zeynep Toker: Inclusive and generative design process for sustainable urbanism

The website URL where information about sustainability research is available:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.