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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 Silver
Overall Score 56.19
Liaison Ali Dutton
Submission Date May 13, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Florida International University
AC-9: Academic Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 11.09 / 12.00 Alexandra Dutton
Program Manager
Office of University Sustainability
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Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:
55

Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in research:
254

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
7

The total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that conduct research:
11

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 document for full list, or find it on the web: http://gogreen.fiu.edu/academics/index.html


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

Research lead by staff who work at research centers on campus who also do not teach at least one class were included in the total number of the institution's faculty and/or staff engaged in research but their institute or center was not included in the total number of academic departments that conduct research (in attachment shown in red). Total number of faculty and staff engaged in research is from the Division of Research, the total number of P.I.s awarded in fiscal year 2015 (July 2014 to June 2015).
http://research.fiu.edu/facts-figures/pages/monthly-awards.html

The Office of University Sustainability has created a Sustainability Research Identification form to allow for self-reporting throughout the year, which is available on the gogreen.fiu.edu website.


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

Professor Mahadev G Bhat of Earth and Environment developed a multi-institutional consortium in Florida and Puerto Rico for training Hispanic students in agricultural, biological and natural resources sciences for career placement in USDA and other federal agencies. The Consortium has recruited more than 50 bachelor students and four masters’ students from underrepresented communities into training in biological and natural sciences (BARS track) specialty areas relating to food productivity and the environment.

Todd Alan Crowl of FIU's Department of Biological Sciences continues his work on Puerto Rico on the integration of research and educational activities through a focus on climate change and land use change. Through the Luquillo Long-Term Ecological Research Program (LUQ) researchers are better able to understand how the environment of northeast Puerto Rico is changing, the consequences of such change for biodiversity, biogeochemistry, and ecosystem services, and how society can manage or adapt to these changes.

Henry O Briceno at FIU's Southeastern Environmental Research Center (SERC) promotes the continuation of the Water Quality Monitoring Project for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS). The Water Quality Monitoring Project has helped scientists and managers begin to understand the big picture of water quality, not only related to marine ecosystems but the fresh waters of the Kissimmee-Okeechobee-Everglades ecosystem that South Florida residents are a part of.

Maria Donoso of the Earth and Environment department directed the Global Water for Sustainability Program (GLOWS). GLOWS programs were coordinated by FIU and implemented around the world, in regions like Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Latin America, and the Caucasus. The program focused on providing water management services to people and ecosystems, including integrated water management policies, water supply, sanitiation, and hygiene improvements, and research and education programs in the water sector.


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.