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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 Silver
Overall Score 61.37
Liaison Preston Jacobsen
Submission Date April 3, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Tennessee at Knoxville
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 10.25 / 12.00 Preston Jacobsen
Sustainability Manager
Facilities Services
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Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in research (headcount):
865

Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in sustainability research (headcount):
178

Percentage of the institution's faculty and staff researchers that are engaged in sustainability research :
20.58

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts research:
64

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
34

Percentage of research-producing departments that are engaged in sustainability research:
53.13

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):

First, the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment and the Howard H. Baker Jr Center for Public Policy provided a list of researchers engaged in sustainability research. Then, the Office of Sustainability obtained a report from the Office of Research and Engagement which listed research projects active between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. This list included investigator names, department affiliations, project titles, and project abstracts. The Office of Sustainability also acquired a similar report of UT Institute of Agriculture research projects for FY 2016.

An Office of Sustainability staff member used keyword searches to find the majority of sustainability-related projects. Then, the remaining abstracts were read individually to determine if the research contributes toward realizing one or more of the principles outlined in the Earth Charter or one or more of the targets embedded in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.


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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.