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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 Ryan Buchholdt
Submission Date Aug. 12, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Alaska Anchorage
AC-9: Academic Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Paula Williams
Sustainability Director
Office of Sustainability
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Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:
23

Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in research:
97

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
18

The total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that conduct research:
34

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:

Alessa, Lillian CAS Biology
Bogan, Daniel CAS AK Natural Heritage Program
Burns, Jennifer CAS Biology
Carlson,Matthew CAS AK Natural Heritage Program
Carlson, Matthew CAS Biology
Colt, Stephen Economics
Donovan, Shannon CAS Environmental Science
Donovon, Shannon CAS Geography
Dotson, Aaron School of Engineering
Driscoll, David COH Inst for Circumpolar Health St
Driscoll, David Health St
Fay, Virginia Economics
Fay, Virginia Institute of Social & Economics Research
Goldsmith, Oliver Economics
Goldsmith, Scott Economics
Hagedorn , Birgit CAS Environmental & Natural Resources Inst
Haley, Sharman Public Policy
Kennish, John CAS Chemistry
Kliskey, Andrew CAS Biology
Knapp, Gunnar Institute of Social & Econ Research
Kulmatiski, Andrew CAS Biology
Martin, Stephanie Economics
Munk, Lee CAS Geology
Raven, Thomas School of Engineering
Schwoerer, Tobias Institute of Social & Economics Research
Sullivan, Patrick Environment and Natural Resources Institute
von Hippel, Frank CAS Biology
White, Paul CAS Anthropology


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

The first step in identifying research projects that incorporated elements of the AASHE STAR definition of Sustainability was to acquire a list of all research projects done during from 2011-2013 by all staff and faculty members. A research associate from Institutional Research was able to provide a list of all grant-funded projects from those years. From there the list was whittled down to projects that could potentially fit the AASHE criteria. At this point the only way to distinguish sustainability related research from research that was not sustainability related was the title of the project. In order to make a more comprehensive and accurate list, the abstracts from all potential sustainability related research was acquired from the Office of Sponsored Projects. After reading abstracts the list became more accurate and solidified. Those that made the cut were added to the list. However, there were some research projects that either had missing files, missing abstracts, or had abstracts that made it ambiguous as to whether or not the research was sustainability related or not. The staff or faculty who had projects on this list were contacted (by phone and email) and asked to confirm if their project fit the criteria. Those that confirmed that their research was related were added to the list, while the projects that did not fit the criteria were eliminated.
In order to find research projects that were not grant funded the Office of Sustainability contacted heads of colleges and departments asking for lists of faculty and staff who were potentially conducting sustainability research. These faculty and staff were then contacted and asked to either agree that their project fit the criteria or if it did not. The Office of Sustainability also looked through faculty webpages and department research databases to find projects that would not have made it onto the initial list. Projects that were found to fit the criteria were added to the list of sustainability research projects. Sustainability research projects that were conducted by undergraduate students was listed separately to be published on the Office of Sustainability website, though not counted in the above data.


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.