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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 69.02
Liaison Sara McKinstry
Submission Date March 30, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of California, San Diego
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.00 / 12.00 Sandra Brown
Vice Chancellor
VC-Research
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Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in research (headcount):
3,357

Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in sustainability research (headcount):
700

Percentage of the institution's faculty and staff researchers that are engaged in sustainability research :
20.85

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts research:
33

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
33

Percentage of research-producing departments that are engaged in sustainability research:
100

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its sustainability research that includes names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:
The institution’s inventory of its sustainability research that includes names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:
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A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory (including the types of faculty and staff included as researchers):

Data were collated by staff and student interns at the UC San Diego Sustainability Programs Office (SPO) via UC San Diego research websites and annual Sponsored Research reports. The inventory was then reviewed by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. An email was sent to all faculty with a link to the inventory for their review so they could send edits and additions to the SPO. The SPO maintains the inventory in real time, updating as new information comes in.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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See also http://research.ucsd.edu/

UC San Diego has approximately 3,357 faculty engaged in research. Of our faculty, over 1,700, are lead principal investigators with active funded grant awards that combined is more than $1 billion.

As a key part of the Strategic Plan developed by faculty, administrators, postdoctoral scholars, graduate and undergraduate students, staff, alumni and other members of the UC San Diego community, Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla and Vice Chancellor for Research Sandra A. Brown are committed to significant investments in scholarship and science that will keep the university at the forefront of socially beneficial research. UC San Diego’s research enterprise is focused on four strategic avenues of inquiry: understanding and protecting the planet; enriching human life and society; exploring the basis of human knowledge, learning, and creativity; and understanding cultures and addressing disparities in society. (See http://plan.ucsd.edu/report/goal-3.)

Examples of sustainability research include but are not limited to:

https://scripps.ucsd.edu/research/topics

https://scripps.ucsd.edu/research/centers-labs-projects

http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/feature/frontiers_of_innovation_program_seeds_seven_multidisciplinary_projects?utm_campaign=thisweek&utm_medium=web&utm_source=tw--web

https://scripps.ucsd.edu/centers/adaptation/

https://scripps.ucsd.edu/centers/cmbc/

https://cer.ucsd.edu/

http://visarts.ucsd.edu/center-urban-ecologies-sme-building-402-and-404-0

http://maeresearch.ucsd.edu/kleissl/

http://maeweb.ucsd.edu/enviroeng

https://caice.ucsd.edu/

http://ff21.ucsd.edu/

http://www-ferp.ucsd.edu/

http://globaljustice.ucsd.edu/

http://gps.ucsd.edu/faculty-directory/david-victor.html

http://www-chem.ucsd.edu/faculty/profiles/prather_kimberly_a.html

http://www-chem.ucsd.edu/faculty/profiles/pomeroy_robert_s.html

http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/newsrel/science/07-08GreenLightProj.asp

http://empac.ucsd.edu/about/index.html

http://gph.ucsd.edu/research/active-projects/Pages/default.aspx

http://globalhealth.ucsd.edu/Pages/default.aspx

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.