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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating Systemâ„¢ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 40.28
Liaison Charles McClaugherty
Submission Date April 27, 2011
President's Letter Download

STARS v1.0

University of Mount Union
ER-15: Sustainability Research Identification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 3.00 Chuck McClaugherty
Director of Center for Envi. Sci.
Brumbaugh Ctr Envi Sci
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Has the institution developed a definition of sustainability research?:
Yes

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

Sustainability Research (revised based on committee input 12/20/2010)

Research in the area of sustainability is defined as interdisciplinary investigations that study the relationships between the environment, economy, or society. The goal of sustainability research is to improve understanding of those relationships thereby improving the utilization of natural, financial, and human resources. This will allow the present generation to meet its needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs .

Examples of Sustainability Research
- study of algae growth and potential to harvest alternative fuel bio-oils from it
- model the economic impact of a low cost water purification system
- analyze the social risks and benefits associated with city rooftop gardens

Negative Examples of what would not be considered Sustainability Research
- develop a new low cost synthesis of aspirin
- analyze the affects of commodity utilization in China
- study the correlation between depression and teen suicide rates


Has the institution identified its sustainability research activities and initiatives?:
No

A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the inventory:
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Does the institution make its sustainability research inventory publicly available online?:
No

The website URL where the sustainability research inventory is posted (required if claiming Part 3 of the credit):
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The information presented here is self-reported and has not been verified by AASHE or a third party. If you believe any of this information is erroneous, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Accuracy Inquiry Form.