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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 69.60
Liaison Shanna Eller
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of North Carolina, Greensboro
AC-9: Academic Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.00 / 12.00 Aaron Allen
Asst. Professor
Music
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Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:
96

Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in research:
263

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

The total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that conduct research:
39

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:

Anita S Tesh, Adult Health
Elizabeth R Van Horn, Adult Health
Tara T Green, African-American Studies Prog.
Susan Andreatta, Anthropology
Charles P Egeland, Anthropology
Linda F Stine, Anthropology
Christopher M Cassidy, Art
Amy J Lixl-Purcell, Art
Stanley H Faeth, Biology
Vincent C Henrich, Biology
Anne E Hershey, Biology
Matina C Kalcounis-Ruppell, Biology
Bruce K Kirchoff, Biology
Elizabeth P Lacey, Biology
John J Lepri, Biology
David L Remington, Biology
Parke A Rublee, Biology
Olav Rueppell, Biology
Malcolm D Schug, Biology
Robert H Stavn, Biology
Tsz-Ki M Tsui, Biology
Gideon Wasserberg, Biology
Robert B Banks, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Nadja B Cech, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Mitchell P Croatt, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Liam M Duffy, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Alice E Haddy, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Nicholas Oberlies, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Sharon L Bracci, Communication Studies
Etsuko Kinefuchi, Communication Studies
Marianne E Legreco, Communication Studies
Beth E Barba, Community Practice
Melanie R Carrico, Consumer, Apparel, & Ret Stds
Seoha Min, Consumer, Apparel, & Ret Stds
Larry E Lavender, Dance
Garth A Heutel, Economics
Stephen P Holland, Economics
Albert N Link, Economics
Rebecca Black, English
Karen L Kilcup, English
Hephzibah C Roskelly, English
Stephen R Yarbrough, English
Keith G Debbage, Geography
Corey M Johnson, Geography
Paul A Knapp, Geography
Michael E Lewis, Geography
Zhi-Jun Liu, Geography
Roy S Stine, Geography
Selima Sultana, Geography
Susan M Walcott, Geography
Warren G O'Brien, History
Linda L Hestenes, Human Develop & Family Studies
Mary Y Morgan, Human Develop & Family Studies
Jonathan R Tudge, Human Develop & Family Studies
Larry R Taube, Info Sys and Supply Chn Mngmt
Laura B Cole, Interior Architecture
Travis L Hicks, Interior Architecture
Carl T Lambeth, Interior Architecture
Anna Marshall-Baker, Interior Architecture
Hannah R Mendoza, Interior Architecture
Tina Sarawgi, Interior Architecture
Susanne Rinner, Languages Literatures Cultures
Carmen T Sotomayor, Languages Literatures Cultures
Erick T Byrd, Marketing, ENT, HTM
Bonnie M Canziani, Marketing, ENT, HTM
Zachary D Cole, Marketing, ENT, HTM
Yu-Chin Hsieh, Marketing, ENT, HTM
Jiyoung Hwang, Marketing, ENT, HTM
Sevil Sonmez, Marketing, ENT, HTM
Dianne H Welsh, Marketing, ENT, HTM
Jonathan T Rowell, Mathematics and Statistics
Matthew Barr, Media Studies
Aaron S Allen, Music Studies
Daniel J Herr, Nanoscience
Joseph M Starobin, Nanoscience
Keith M Erikson, Nutrition
Cathryne L Schmitz, Peace and Conflict Studies
Allison F Bramwell, Political Science
Ruth H DeHoog, Political Science
Gregory E McAvoy, Political Science
Carisa R Showden, Political Science
George F Michel, Psychology
Mark R Schulz, Public Health Education
Paige H Smith, Public Health Education
Robert J Wineburg, Social Work
Gwendolyn C Hunnicutt, Sociology
J. S Kroll-Smith, Sociology
Stephen J Sills, Sociology
Catherine E Matthews, Teacher Ed & Higher Ed
Sarah B Dorsey, University Libraries
Lynda M Kellam, University Libraries
Elisabeth F Williams, University Libraries
Danielle M Bouchard, Women's and Gender Studies
Sarah J Cervenak, Women's and Gender Studies


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

Because of the difficulties involved in tracking down data for this section at an individual faculty level, we relied on data provided by the Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) to provide a baseline of data for the number of academic departments that have FUNDED research within the past three years and the number of faculty/staff involved in those research programs. That provided our baseline for academic departments and faculty involved in research. But because funding tracked by UNCG does not capture what is sustainability or not, we relied on our own survey of websites and a poll of faculty to see who has done research in sustainability. We also relied on some data from previous such surveys/polls and double checked that faculty were still active in research relevant to sustainability. Those further surveys netted 0 further departments and 2 further faculty involved in research (all sustainability research), not significantly altering our reliance on the ORED data. Because UNCG is a school that also promotes teaching and community engagement, many departments and faculty may choose to follow those paths; therefore, we have relied on the ORED data with our survey supplement to capture the research component, but it is necessarily limited in the data it provides. Without completing one-on-one surveys of every faculty member, it is impossible to garner adequate data. If anything, the numbers here may over-represent the quantity of sustainability research at UNCG.


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

Dr. Aaron S. Allen, associate professor of musicology and UNCG Academic Sustainability Coordinator, participated in a parallel plenary entitled "Sustainability and Sound" at the AASHE 2013 national meeting in Nashville. He also ran a post-conference workshop on ecomusicology at AASHE 2014 meeting in Portland.

Dr. Karen Kilcup, professor of English, published the book "Fallen Forests: Emotion, Embodiment, and Ethics in American Women’s Environmental Writing, 1781-1924," which considers how these writers anticipated contemporary environmental concerns, ranging from resource depletion and resource wars to voluntary simplicity and environmental justice.

Dr. Catherine Matthews, professor of education, collaborated with biology lecturer Ms. Ann Somers on the HERP project (Herpetology Education in Rural Places), a multi-million dollar NSF grant.

Dr. William Markham, professor of sociology and director of the UNCG Environmental Studies Program, published the book "Environmental Organizations in Modern Germany: Hardy Survivors in the Twentieth Century and Beyond."


The website URL where information about sustainability research is available:
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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.