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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.

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Liaison Tonie Miyamoto
Submission Date Sept. 12, 2011
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STARS v1.0

Colorado State University
ER-15: Sustainability Research Identification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Nik Olsen
Assistant Director of Administrative Communications
Office of the President
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Has the institution developed a definition of sustainability research?:
Yes

A copy of the institution's definition of sustainability research:

CSU uses the UN definition of sustainability from the Bruntland Commission, 1987:
“sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs"

In doing so, CSU emphasizes not only environmentally focused research, but also seeks to support and recognize research which has a positive impact on areas of social and cultural sustainability.


Has the institution identified its sustainability research activities and initiatives?:
Yes

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

To determine the number of faculty and departments involved in sustainable research (ER 16 and 17), the Office for the VP of Research devised a search criteria based on areas of strength at CSU as well as utilizing an expanded definition of sustainability consistent with the UN's focus on expanding well being of current populations and future generations.
The resulting projects were then scanned for relevance and final numbers were drawn from this carefully evaluated compilation.

The Green Tome, which describes not only research at CSU but also collaborations and projects generally. The compendium focuses on environmental aspects of Colorado State University’s physical campus, research, education, and outreach. It was complied through the efforts of the staff of the Office of the President, working with each university department to identify programs, actions, and research that provides a positive environmental benefit. Members of the Colorado State community were asked to submit information to the Office of the President to be added to the compendium to ensure an up-to-date perspective on environmental efforts of the university.


Does the institution make its sustainability research inventory publicly available online?:
Yes

The website URL where the sustainability research inventory is posted (required if claiming Part 3 of the credit):

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.