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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 81.30
Liaison Sarah Munro
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Connecticut
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.00 / 12.00 Sarah Munro
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Environmental Policy
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Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in research (headcount):
546

Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in sustainability research (headcount):
166

Percentage of the institution's faculty and staff researchers that are engaged in sustainability research :
30.40

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts research:
62

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
49

Percentage of research-producing departments that are engaged in sustainability research:
79.03

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):

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (OSP) searched all research projects that are registered through their office (research funded by external grants) using a list of keywords generated by the AASHE definition of sustainability and the UConn specific definition from the Academic Plan. The OSP provided us a list of all the PIs and Co-PIs who are faculty at UConn. The Office of Environmental Policy (OEP) reviewed the project titles to confirm that the projects are related to sustainability. The OSP also provided a list of all researchers listed on externally funded grants, which the OEP reviewed in order to remove any non-UConn faculty. The OEP also added faculty listed by the OSP for externally-funded research during the past year, and for which we had personal knowledge were engaged in sustainability-related funded research, but which had been omitted from OSP's key word search list for sustainability.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The above data is provided to the best of our knowledge, information, and belief. It is based primarily on a database maintained by the OSP, which was further sorted by OSP for the purpose of STARS by searching its database pursuant to key words recommended by OEP. However, we believe the data as compiled for the Princeton Review snapshot is incomplete. We were able to identify both inadvertent omissions and inclusions, which we have endeavored to correct.

These numbers are only of research faculty who have externally funded research, excluding staff and excluding faculty other than PIs and co-PIs (also excluding faculty conducting research that is not externally-funded). We will continue to update this information, consistent with the technical guidance for the questions asked, as we work with OSP, the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness (OIRE), CESE, the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and others to improve the accuracy and completeness of this research data.

Additional website URLs where information about sustainability is available include http://today.uconn.edu/sustainable-uconn/ and http://www.engr.uconn.edu/

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.