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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 67.06
Liaison Allie Schwartz
Submission Date April 14, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Columbia University
AC-9: Academic Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.00 / 12.00 Alison Miller
Deputy Executive Director
Earth Institute
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Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:
1,227

Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in research:
6,220

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
100

The total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that conduct research:
115

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:

see attached faculty list.


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

Earth Institute Human Resources ran a report and identified any person employed at the Earth Institute who is listed as as a Staff Associate, Senior Staff Asociate, Associate Research Scientist, Research Scientist, and Senior Research Scientist. The Earth Institute is the primary environmental research organization at Columbia University. Following this, to include researchers outside the Earth Institute involved in sustainability research, a review was conducted of each department included in our inventory as having a course in sustainability. Any faculty or staff listed in this department who identified having involvement in sustainability research was also included.


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