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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 Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Jack Byrne
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2011
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STARS v1.0

Middlebury College
ER-15: Sustainability Research Identification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Nan Jenks-Jay
Dean of Environmental Affairs
Environmental Affairs
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Has the institution developed a definition of sustainability research?:

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

Sustainability research is related to or focused on topics and questions that address aspects of how to live within the regenerative capacity of the earth to meet the needs of present life generations without compromising the ability of future life generations to meet their essential needs as well.

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

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

The sustainability research inventory was compiled using a variety of sources. After obtaining a complete list of faculty members, we acquired information about faculty members' research from their Middlebury faculty webpage. Many faculty members' webpages contained little or no information about their research, so we also used the faculty grants lists (http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/support/grants/facgrant) and lists of recent faculty publications and achievements compiled by the President's Office. After collecting all of the information we could from the aforementioned sources, we contact Environmental Studies affiliated faculty members for whom we still did not have research information to request a summary of their research. Once all of this information was compiled, the Director of Sustainability Integration (DSI), the Sustainability Communication and Outreach Coordinator (SCOC), and a student intern individually went through the list and categorized research as sustainability research or not. The DSI and the SCOC then compared the three sets of results and discussed any research that they had disagreed upon in order to reach an agreement. Faculty members for whom research information was not available were assumed not to do sustainability research.

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

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.