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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 66.20
Liaison Meghan Chapple
Submission Date May 14, 2014
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STARS v1.2

George Washington University
ER-16: Faculty Engaged in Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 10.00 / 10.00 Lisa Benton-Short
Director of the Sustainability Academic Program
Department of Geography
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The number of faculty members engaged in sustainability research:
145

The total number of faculty members engaged in research:
476

Names and department affiliations of faculty engaged in sustainability research:

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Aaronson, Susan Ariel - History
Anderson, Catherine - Interior Design and Architecture Design
Bailard, Catie - Media and Public Affairs
Benton-Short, Lisa - Geography
Bloom, Dana - Interior Design and Architecture
Bobe, Rene - Anthropology
Bowie, Alasdair - Political Science
Brooks, Alison - Anthropology
Brooks, Leah - Public Policy
Chang, Jennifer - English
Cheers, Imani - Media and Public Affairs
Churchill, Robert Paul - Philosophy
Cressy, Pamela - Anthropology
de la Fuente -Maria J. - Romance Languages
Doebel, Hartmut - Biology
Engstrom, Ryan - Geography
Feldman, Illana - Anthropology
Fishman, Ram - Economics
Fisher, Joshua - Anthropology
Friend, Michele - Philosophy
Gonglewski, Margaret - Romance Languages
Hawks, Catherine - Museum Studies
Hughes, Llewelyn - Political Science
Jones, Antwan Sociology
Joselit, Jenna Weissman - History
Kanter, Jodi - Theatre and Dance
Keeley, Melissa - Geography
Ken, Ivy - Sociology
Klemek, Christopher - History
LeTourneur, Michele - Interior Design and Architecture
Licht, Stuart - Chemistry
Lill, John - Biology
Linquiti, Peter - Public Policy
Liu, Meina - Organizational Sciences and Communication
Livingston, Steven - Media and Public Affairs
Malik, Arum - Economics
Mann, Michael - Geography
Markham, Catherine - Anthropology
Matthews, Rosser - History
Modarres, Reza - Statistics
Morris, David - Biology
Mote, Jonathan - Organizational Sciences and Communication
Norton, Macy - History
Palmquist, Sasha - Museum Studies
Powell, Scott - Biology
Rain, David - Geography
Rogers, Daniel - Anthropology
Ross, Eric - Anthropology
Schmesier, Maximilian - Organizational Sciences and Communication
Sesno, Frank - Media and Public Affairs
Shepherd, Robert - Anthropology
Shiklomanov, Nikolay - Geography
Streletskiy, Dmitry – Geography
Svoboda, Michael - University Writing
Smith, Adam - Biology
Smith, Stephen - Economics
Squires, Greg - Sociology
Stroud, Jonathan - Statistics
Talmadge, Caitlin- Political Science
Tossell, John - Chemistry
Von Balgooy, Max - Museum Studies
Voutchkov-Kostal, Adelina - Chemistry
Wagner, Michael - Chemistry
Waisbord, Silvio - Media and Public Affairs
Wilkerson, Abby - University Writing
Yezer, Anthony - Economics
Zanne, Amy - Biology

Elliott School of International Affairs (does not have departments)
Jedwab, Remi
King, Marcus
Maguire, Robert
Roberts, Sean
Rycroft, Robert
Yarr, Linda

Graduate School of Education and Human Development
Cseh, Maria - Human and Organizational Learning
Scully-Russ, Ellen - Human and Organizational Learning
Sheppard, Maia - Curriculum and Pedagogy

Milken Institute School of Public Health
Applebaum, Kate - Environmental and Occupational Health
Baird, Sarah Jane - Global Health
Bingenheimer, Jeffrey Bartlett - Prevention and Community Health
Cleary, Sean - Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Colon-Ramos, Uriyoan - Global Health
Dietz, William - Prevention and Community Health
Evans, W. Douglas - Prevention and Community Health; Global Health
Goldman, Lynn - Environmental and Occupational Health
Graham , Jay - Environmental and Occupational Health; Global Health
Gray, George - Environmental and Occupational Health
Gulati, Prea - Global Health
Katz, Rebecca Lynn - Health Policy; Global Health
Lantz, Paula - Health Policy
LaPuma, Peter - Environmental and Occupational Health
McCormick, Sabrina - Environmental and Occupational Health
Michaels, David - Environmental and Occupational Health
Mookerji, Sangeeta - Global Health
Napolitano, Melissa - Prevention and Community Health; Exercise Science
Northcross, Amanda - Environmental and Occupational Health; Global Health
Perry, Melissa - Environmental and Occupational Health; Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Phoenix , Janet - Health Policy; Environmental and Occupational Health
Price, Lance - Environmental and Occupational Health
Price, Olga Acosta - Prevention and Community Health
Robien, Kim - Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Exercise Science
Roess, Amira - Global Health
Schwartz, Arnold - Environmental and Occupational Health; Pathology
Vigilance, Pierre - Global Health
Young, Heather - Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Zota, Ami - Environmental and Occupational Health

School of Business
Askari, Hossein - International Business
Elliott, Sheryl Marie - Marketing
El-Tarabishy, Ayman - Management
Forrer, John - Strategic Management and Public Policy
Friedland, Julian - Strategic Management and Public Policy
Hawkins, Donald - Tourism & Hospitality Management
Helm, Anna - International Business
Lamoureux, Kristin - Tourism & Hospitality Management
Levy, Stuart – Marketing
Luna-Kelser, Juan - Tourism & Hospitality Management
Kim, Eun-Hee - Strategic Management and Public Policy
Patnaik, Sanjay - Strategic Management and Public Policy
Radin, Tara - Strategic Management and Public Policy
Rivera, Jorge - Strategic Management and Public Policy
Weiner, Robert - International Business

School of Engineering and Applied Science
LeBlanc, Saniya - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Deason, Jonathan - Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
Farhadi, Leila - Civil and Environmental Engineering
Francis, Royce - Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
Hsu, Stephen - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
LeBlanc, Saniya - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Leftwich, Megan - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Li, Zhenyu - Electrical and Computer Engineering
Manzari, Majid - Civil and Environmental Engineering
Monteleoni, Claire - Computer Science
Plesniak, Michaele - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Riffat, Rumana - Civil and Environmental Engineering
Roddis, Kim - Civil and Environmental Engineering
Ryan, Julie - Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
Santos, Joost Reues - Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
Shaw, Gregory Leonard - Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
Shittu, Ekundayo - Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
Shuai, Danmeng - Civil and Environmental Engineering
van Dorp, René - Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
Wickenheiser, Adam - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

School of Law (does not have departments)
Attanasio, Donna
Braman, Donald
Charnovitz, Steve
Glicksman, Robert
Murphy, Sean
Paddock, LeRoy
Pierce, Richard
Schoenbaum, Thomas
Shelton, Dinah
Turley, Jonathan

School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Cooper, James - Medicine
El-Bayoumi, Jehan (Gigi) - Medicine
Horvath, Anelia - Pharmacology and Physiology
Maynard, Thomas - Pharmacology and Physiology
Puchalski, Christina - Medicine
Schwartz, Arnold - Pathology

College of Professional Studies (does not have departments)
Ashkar, Adele
Carruthers, John
Hooshangi, Sara


The website URL where the sustainability research inventory that includes the names and department affiliations of faculty engaged in sustainability research is posted :
A copy of the sustainability research inventory that includes the names and department affiliations of faculty engaged in sustainability research:
Brief descriptions of up to 4 recent notable accomplishments by faculty engaged in sustainability research, including names and department affiliations:

1. Nicolay Shiklomanov
Assistant Professor, Geography, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Arctic Studies are a fast growing area of sustainability research at GWU. Over the last four years approximately $2.6 million of external funding was received from NSF, NASA, and Research Council of Norway to study the effect of climate change on natural and human Arctic environments. At present the main topics of research include (1): Long-term observations on the climate-permafrost system (2) Process studies and modeling of the Arctic natural environments and (3) Interdisciplinary research on the Arctic Urban Sustainability. The observational component is supported through NSF-funded The Circumpolar Active Layer Monitoring (CALM) project (PI. Shiklomanov N.I., Geography). The CALM program is concerned with observing the response of the active layer (the upper layer of soil in permafrost regions, which thaws and freezes on an annual basis) and near-surface permafrost to climate change at multi-decade time scales.

2. Rumana Riffat
Professor, Civil Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Professor Rumana Riffat of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department has a project on "Small-scale sewage treatment and wastewater reuse system for Pakistan" funded by USAID, from Nov 2010 through Mar 2014. This is a joint project with the Microbiology Department of Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, Pakistan. The project was mentioned in a State Department Press release (Oct 23, 2013), as an example of a research project that has resulted in prototype construction and full scale application for wastewater reuse.

3. Melissa Perry
Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health and Health Services

Dr. Perry investigates the human health impacts of environmental exposures and strategies to reduce risks. Her lab at GW is currently funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to study the impact of environmental contaminants on male reproductive function; she is working with the U.S. Geological Survey and Potomac Riverkeeper to investigate endocrine disruptors in the Potomac River.

4. LeRoy C. Paddock
Associate Dean, Environmental Law Studies, George Washington University Law School

Lee Paddock was recently appointed to the American Bar Association's Presidential Task Force on Sustainable Development. The Task Force will recommend ways that ABA can provide leadership on sustainable development issues while also assisting the U.N. implement "The Future We Want" report. Additionally, Lee Paddock serves as co-lead for the Thematic Working Group on Environment and Natural Resources and the new "Legal Aspects of Sustainable Energy for All" Community of Practice which investigates the legal barriers to sustainable energy for all projects and pursues in-depth academic legal research on the U.N.'s Sustainable Energy for All initiative.


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(1) The reported number of GW faculty engaged in research is for fiscal year 2013. This number represents principal investigators who have sponsored research, as counted by the Office of the Vice President for Research.
(2) With one exception, we have not included adjunct faculty, although some are actively engaged in research. We have excluded adjuncts because of the magnitude of the search as well as the potential for these faculty to leave. That said, based in Washington DC, GW is lucky to have as many as 1,500 part-time faculty at any given time. Many of these people are Federal employees and provide sustainability students career insights and opportunities.
(3) We have not counted faculty who are helping lead sustainability discussions at GW, but for whom research is a de minimus activity. People like Dr. Jerome Paulson, Director of the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children's Health and the Environment, and a member of both the Medical School and Milken Institute faculties, offer a great deal to the GW community and their contributions are not captured by the construction of this question.

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.