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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 68.58
Liaison Mary Ellen Mallia
Submission Date Jan. 15, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University at Albany
AC-9: Academic Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 11.95 / 12.00 Mary Ellen Mallia
Director of Environmental Sustainability
Finance and Business
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Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:
191

Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in research:
1,025

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
32

The total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that conduct research:
43

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 the above inventory


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

The Office of Sustainability reviewed each faculty web page and CV for research interest and publications and matched them against our university definition of sustainability. We designated research as sustainability related or sustainability focused. If research touched upon 2 of the pillars of sustainability, they were considered sustainability related. If it touched upon all three, it was considered sustainability focused. We included the work that supported or attempted to solve a major sustainability challenge in line with the principles outlined in the Earth Charter and UN's SDGs. Our sustainability definition is: Sustainability entails recognizing one’s membership in the broader social and ecological community, exhibiting appreciation of and respect for others and the natural world, and acting justly to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of human communities and natural systems.


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

There have been numerous accomplishments over the last three years in a variety of disciplines. Below are two notable research projects being undertaken by our faculty:
The most advanced weather observation system in the nation is under construction in New York State, led by the University at Albany and its partners, the National Weather Service (NWS) and the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. The NYS Mesonet is a network of 125 state-of-the-art weather stations designed to support better planning for extreme and dangerous weather events.
University at Albany atmospheric scientists are tackling critical climate and weather issues across the globe. Thanks to the NYSUNY 2020 program, research is being conducted on West African monsoons, hurricanes, shrinking glaciers, and forecasting models.


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.