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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 77.43
Liaison Claudia Frere-Anderson
Submission Date Oct. 14, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Washington, Seattle
AC-9: Academic Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.34 / 12.00 Claudia Frere-Anderson
Director
UW Sustainability
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Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:
2,163

Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in research:
13,494

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
55

The total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that conduct research:
188

A copy of the sustainability research inventory that includes the names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:
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Names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:

Below is a list of faculty engaged in sustainability research:

Neil Abernethy, Biomedical Informatics & Medical Education, Health Services
Thomas Ackerman, Atmospheric Sciences
James Agee, Environmental and Forest Sciences
Jonathan Alberts, Biology
Becky Alexander, Atmospheric Sciences
Alberto Aliseda, Mechanical Engineering
Susan Allan, NW Center for Public Health Practice
Graham Allan, Environmental and Forest Sciences
Edward Allison, Marine & Environmental Affairs
Ernesto Alvarado-Celestin, Environmental and Forest Sciences
Gina Alvino, Genome Sciences
Ricardo Amoroso, Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
Ann Anagnost, Anthropology
James Anderson, Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
Christopher Anderson, Aquatic & Fishery Scienes
Ginger Armbrust, Oceanography
David Armstrong, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Stanley Asah, Environmental & Forest Sciences
Kerim Aydin, Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
Olivier Bachmann, Earth and Space Sciences
Kevin M Bailey, Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
Joel Baker, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Jonathan Bakker, Environmental and Forest Sciences
Theo Bammler, Environmental Health
Megan Bang, Ed Psych/Learning Sciences
John Banks, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
James Barker, Law
John Baross, Oceanography
David Battisti, Atmospheric Sciences
Benita Beamon, Industiral & Systems Engineering
David Beauchamp, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
David Beck, Chemical Engineering
Bonnie Becker, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
B Bekemeier, School of Nursing
Philip Bell, Learning Sciences
Michelle Bell, Health Services (Maternal & Child Health)
Basia Belza, Biobehavioral Nursing & Health Systems
Carl Bergstrom, Biology
Julie Beschta, Global Health
Stephen Bezruchka, Health Services
Kenneth Bible, Physiology and Biophysics
Nicholas Bigelow, Chemistry
Cecilia Bitz, Atmospheric Sciences
Paul Bodin, Earth and Space Sciences
Susan Bolton, Environmental and Forest Sciences
Nicholas Bond, Atmospheric Sciences
E Bond, Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems
Morgan Bond, Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
Ann Bostrom, Public Affairs
Joanne Bourgeois, Earth and Space Sciences
D Boutain, Psychosocial & Community Health
J.S. Bowman, Oceanography, Astrobiology
Chloe Bracis, Quantitative Ecology & Resource Management
Gordon Bradley, Environmental and Forest Sciences
Trevor Branch, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
John Bransford, Education
W.J. Brazelton, Oceanography
Christopher Bretherton, Atmospheric Sciences
Michael Brett, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Robert Brown, Atmospheric Sciences
Sally Brown, Environmental & Forest Sciences
J. Michael Brown, Earth and Space Sciences
Sharon Browning, Biostatistics
Brian Browning, Medicine, Medical Genetics
Neil Bruce, Economics
A.P. Bruckner, Aeronautics & Astronautics
Chris Bryson, General Internal Medicine
Rebecca Buchanan, Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
Dedra Buchwald, Medicine
Lauren Buckley, Biology
Diana Buist, Epidemiology
Elizabeth Bukusi, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Renata Bura, Environmental and Forest Sciences
Thomas Burbacher, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Sheryl Burgstahler, JISAO
David Butterfield, JISAO
Lee Campbell, Epidemiology
Thomas Campbell, Medicine
Daniel Carlson, Evans School of Public Affairs
Emily Carrington, Friday Harbor Labs
G. Casassa, Occupational Therapy
David Catling, Earth & Space Sciences
Rose Cattolico, Biology
Airlie Chapman, Aeronautics & Astronautics
Robert Charlson, Atmospheric Sciences
Sujay Chattopadhyay, Microbiology
Cynthia Chen, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Donald Chi, Oral Health Sciences
PATRICK JOHN CHRISTIE, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs and the Jackson School of International Studies
Derek Churchill, Environmental & Forest Resources
Brian Collins, Earth and Space Sciences
Frederick Connell, Health Services
Loveday Conquest, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Douglas Conrad, Health Services, Finance & Business Economics
Howard Conway, Earth and Space Sciences
Joseph Cook, Evans School of Public Affairs
Joyce Cooper, JISAO
Jeffery Cordell, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Lucio Costa, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences - Toxicology
Darrel Cowan, Earth and Space Sciences
Trevor Crain, Mechanical Engineering
Kenneth Creager, Earth and Space Sciences
Juliet Crider, Earth and Space Sciences
Allison Crollard, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
Kristina Crothers, Medicine
Penelope Dalton, Washington Sea Grant
Eric D'Asaro, Oceanography
M.B. Dauer, Genome Sciences
G. Dawson, Psychology
A.B. De Castro, Nursing & Health Studies (UWB)
A De Castro, Psychosocial & Community Health
Horacio de la Iglesia, Biology
Janice Decosmo, JISAO
John Delaney, Oceanography
Thomas DeLuca, Environmental and Forest Sciences
Jody Deming, Oceanography
George Demiris, Biobehavioral Nursing & Health Systems
Chloe Deodato, Biology
Megan dethier, Friday Harbor Labs
douglas Deur, Environmental and Forest Sciences
Curtis Deutsch, Oceanography
Allan Devol, School of Oceanography
Walton Dickhoff, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Yonn Dierwechter, Urban Studies
Russell Dills, Environmental Health
sarah Doherty, JISAO
Nives Dolsak, Marine and Environmental Affairs
Sharon Doty, Environmental & Forest Sciences
Miriam Doyle, JISAO
Glen Duncan, Epidemiology, Nutritional Sciences
Maitreya Dunham, Genome Sciences
Dale Durran, Atmospheric Sciences
Alison Duvall, Earth and Space Sciences
Ivan Eastin, Environmental and Forest Sciences
Robert Edmonds, Environmental and Forest Sciences
Todd Edwards, Health Services
Dawn Ehde, Rehabilitation Medicine
Steven Emerson, Oceanography
Charles Eriksen, Oceanography
Timothy Essington, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
A. Estes, Speech & Hearing Sciences
Gregory Ettl, Environmental and Forest Sciences
Kern Ewing, Environmental and Forest Sciences
Brian Fabien, Mechanical Engineering
Federico Farin, Environmental Health
Elaine Faustman, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Trevor Fayer, Mechanical Engineering
Richard Fenske, Occupational Health Sciences
Cole Fitzpatrick, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Annette Fitzpatrick, Epidemiology
Abraham Flaxman, Global Health
David Fluharty, Marine and Environmental Affairs
Victoria Foe, Friday Harbor Labs
David Ford, Environmental and Forest Sciences
Kevin Ford, Biology, Climate Science
Eric Foss, Division of Allergy & Infectious Disease
Ralph Foster, Physics
Julie Fox, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
Robert Francis, Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
Jerry Franklin, Environmental and Forest Sciences
Gary Franklin, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
James Fridley, Environmental and Forest Sciences
Carolyn Friedman, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Dargan Frierson, Atmospheric Sciences
Howard Frumkin, Public Health
Qiang Fu, Atmospheric Sciences
Wenqing Fu, Genome Sciences
Clement Furlong, Department of Medicinal Genetics
Alexander Gagnon, Oceanography
Emmanuela Gakidou, Global Health
Lisa Gallagher, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
Vincent Gallucci, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Daniel Gamelin, Chemistry
Indroneil Ganguly, Environmental and Forest Sciences
Stephan Gardiner, Philosophy
Matthew George, Biology
David Giblin, Burke Museum
Alan Gillespie, Earth and Space Sciences
David Ginger, Chemistry
Dean Glawe, Environmental and Forest Sciences
Stephen Gloyd, Global Health, Health Services
Virginia Gonzales, Global Health
Tim Gould, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Charles Granger, Marine Programs Office
James M Grassley, Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
Lisa Graumlich, College of the Environment
Donald Grayson, Anthropology
Carla Greenbaum, Diabetes Clinical Research (Benaroya)
Frank Greulich, Environmental and Forest Sciences
William Griffith, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Christian Grue, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Daniel Grunbaum, Oceanography
Eliezer Gurarie, Statistics
Richard Gustafson, Environmental and Forest Sciences
Renee Ha, Psychology
James Ha, Psychology, Primate Center
Amy Hagopian, Global Health
Gregory Hakim, Atmospheric Sciences
Bernard Hallet, Earth and Space Sciences
Charles Halpern, Environmental and Forest Sciences
Alan Hamlet, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
William Hardin, Biology
Erika Harnett, Earth & Space Sciences
Stevan Harrell, Environmental and Forest Sciences
Robert Harrison, Environmental & Forest Sciences
Dennis Hartmann, Atmospheric Sciences
Lorenz Hauser, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Susan Hautala, Oceanography
S Hecker, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Dean Hegg, Atmospheric Sciences
Brian Henn, Civil Engineering
Steve Herbert, Geography, and Law, Societies & Justice
Albert Hermann, JISAO
Russell Herwig, JISAO
Barbara Hickey, Oceanography
Ray Hilborn, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Robert Hilt, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Thomas Hinckley, Environmental and Forest Sciences
Laura Hinkelman, JISAO
Irl Hirsch, Medicine
Daniel J Hively, Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
Kevin Hodgson, Environmental and Forest Sciences
Gordon Holtgrieve, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Robert Holzworth, JISAO
Rachel Horak, Oceanography
John Horne, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
M. Horner-Devine, Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
Heidi Houston, Earth and Space Sciences
Robert Houze, Atmospheric Sciences
Shiu-Lok Hu, Pharmaceuticals
Deborah Huang, General Internal Medicine
George L Hunt, Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
Katharine Huntington, Earth and Space Sciences
Takato Imaizumi, Biology
Anita Ingalls, Oceanography
Lyatt Jaegle, Atmospheric Sciences
D.A. Jaffe, Atmospheric Sciences
Lekelia Jenkins, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs
Ashley Jochim, Engineering
Harlan Johnson, Oceanography
Grace John-Stewart, Global Health, Medicine, Epidemiology, Pediatrics
Laurie Juranek, JISAO
Matt Kaeberlein, pathology
David Kalman, Environmental Health
Marina Kalyuzhnaya, Microbiology
Catherine Karr, Pediatrics, Pediatrics-Division of General Pediatrics/Occ Env Med Progra Director, Ped Env Health Specialty Unit, Env. & Occ. Health Sciences
N.J. Kassebaum, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine
Joel Kaufman, Environmental & Occupational Health Science, Epidemiology, Medicine
Terrance Kavanagh, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
Darren Kavanagh, Geography
Mitsuhiro Kawase, Oceanography
Richard Keil, Oceanography
Julie Keister School of Oceanography
Deborah Kelley Oceanography
Ryan Kelly Marine and Environmental Affairs
Brian Kennedy Biochemistry
Benjamin Kerr Biology
Soo-Hyung Kim Environmental & Forest Sciences
Sun-Young Kim Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
Ann Kimball Epidemiology
Teri King Marine Programs Office
Dagmara Kisiela Microbiology
John Kissel Environmental & Occupational Health Science
Terrie Klinger Marine and Environmental Affairs
Terrie KLINGER, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs
Christopher Knight Medicine
Jane Koenig Environmental Health
C. Kooperberg Biostatistics
Kenneth Kopecky Biostatistics
Michelle Koutnik Earth and Space Sciences
Meade Krosby College of the Environment
Antoinette Krupski Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Kristin Laidre Physics
Tim Larson Civil & Environmental Engineering
Joshua Lawler Environmental and Forest Sciences
K Leach Psychosocial & Community Health
Craig Lee Oceanography
Hyun-Boo Lee Mechanical Engineering (Nanotechnology)
Liliana Lengua Psychology
THOMAS LESCHINE School of Marine and Environmental Affairs & Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Evelyn Lessard Oceanography
Dennis Lettenmaier JISAO
Dennis Lettenmaier Civil & Environmental Engineering
Mary Lidstrom Chemical Engineering
Marvin Lilley Oceanography
Stephen Lim Global Health
Peter Lisi Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
Karen Litfin Political Science
Jeremy Littell JISAO
R Logsdon Psychosocial & Community Health
W.T. Longstreth Neurology
Rafael Lozano Global Health
Jessica Lundquist JISAO
Jessica Lundquist Civil & Environmental Engineering
James Lutz Environmental & Forest Sciences
Michael MacCoss Genome Sciences
Parker MacCready Oceanography
Nathan Mantua JISAO
Roger Marchand JISAO
Ruth Martin Earth & Space Sciences
Ben Marwick Anthropology
John Marzluff Environmental and Forest Sciences
Clifford Mass Atmospheric Sciences
Peter May Political Science
C McCahon School of Nursing
R. McClell& Medicine, Epidemiology, Global Health
Michael McDonell Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Russell McDuff Oceanography
Lynn McMurdie Atmospheric Sciences
Socorro Medina Atmospheric Sciences
Hendrika Meischke Health Services
Edward Melvin Marine Programs Office
Victor Menaldo Political Science
Mehran Mesbahi Aeronautics & Astronautics
Edward Miles JISAO
Bruce Miller JISAO
Marc Miller Marine and Environmental Affairs
Aaron Miller Genome Sciences
Meryl Mims Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
David Montgomery Earth and Space Sciences
Suresh Moolgavkar Epidemiology, Biostatistics
Calvin Mordy JISAO
Megan Moreno Child Health Behavior & Development
Robert Morris School of Oceanography
Ludmilla Moskal Environmental and Forest Sciences
ANDREAS MUEHLBAUER JISAO
Andreas Muehlbauer JISAO
Helen Murphy ENVIRONMENTAL AND OCCUATIONAL HEALTH SCIENCES
James Murray School of Oceanography
C.J.L. Murray Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation
Robert Naiman Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
Kerry Naish Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
Jennifer Nemhauser Biology
Elizabeth Nesbitt Earth & Space Scienes
Deborah Nickerson Genome Sciences
Susan Nielsen Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
Bart Nijssen Civil & Environmental Engineering
Charles Nittrouer Oceanography
Carolyn Noonan Biostatistian, Epidemiology
Arthur Nowell Oceanography
H Nuhsbaum Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems
Brook Nunn Medicinal Chemistry
Jeffrey Nystuen Oceanography
Kathleen O'Connor Anthropology
Andrea Ogston Oceanography
Julian Olden Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
KIERAN O'MAHONY LIFE Center
Jennifer Otten Health Services
Gwen Ottinger Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
Fernan Pacheco de Resende Environmental and Forest Sciences
Julia Parrish Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Jerome Patoux Atmospheric Sciences
Donald Patrick Health Services
Sandip Paul Microbiology
Dorothy Paun Environmental and Forest Sciences
Robert Pearlman Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Gerontology
Ann Pearson Art
John Perez-Garcia Environmental and Forest Sciences
David Peterson Environmental and Forest Sciences
James Pfeiffer Global Health
Theodore Pietsch Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Aseem Prakash Political Science
GIORA PROSKUROWSKI Oceanography
Andre Punt Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Wei Qin Civil Engineering
Paul Quay Oceanography
Thomas Quinn Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Sergey Rabotyagov Environmental and Forest Sciences
M.K. Raghuraman Genome Sciences
Kristen Rasmussen Atmospheric Sciences
Rebecca Woodgate Oceanography
Sarah Reichard Environmental and Forest Sciences
Per Reinhall Mechanical Engineering
Peter Rhines Oceanography
Francois Ribalet Oceanography
Jeffrey Richey Oceanography
Rebecca Richter Medical Genetics
Jerry Ricks Pathology
James Riley Mechanical Engineering
Stephen Riser Oceanography
Steven Roberts Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
Gabrielle Rocap Oceanography
Russell Rodriguez Biology
Gerard Roe Earth and Space Sciences
Luke Rogers ENVIRONMENTAL AND OCCUATIONAL HEALTH SCIENCES
Mark Roth Biochemistry
Jennifer Ruesink Biology
Carolyn Rutter Biostatistics
Clare Ryan Environmental and Forest Sciences
Julian Sachs Oceanography
Brian Saelens Pediatrics
Eric Salathe Science and Technology Program (Bothell), Dept of Atmospheric Sciences, JISAO Climate Impacts Group
Thomas Sanford Oceanography
Sheela Sathyanarayana Pediatrics
Andrew Schauer Earth & Space Sciences
Daniel Schindler Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
David Schmidt Earth and Space Sciences
Beryl Schulman Health Services
Ellen Schur Medicine
Daniel Schwartz Oceanography
Jeanne Sears Health Services
Kenneth Sebens Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
James Seeb Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Lisa Seeb Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Noah Seixas Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
Bettina Shell-Duncan Anthropology
Jay Shendure Genome Sciences
Lianne Sheppard Biostatistics, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
Andy Shouse UW Institute for Science and Mathematics Education
Ronald Shreve Oceanography
Christian Sidor Biology
Nicholas Siler Atmospheric Sciences
Julie Silverman Medicine
Charles Simenstad Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
John Skalski Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Ron Sletten Earth and Space Sciences
Amy Snover JISAO
Jessica Snyder Comparative Medicine
Evan Solomon Oceanography
Young Song Biology
Rolf Sonnerup JISAO
Amy Sprenger Physics
David Stahl Civil & Environmental Engineering
Eric Steig Earth and Space Sciences
Anne Steinemann JISAO
H Stensel Civil and Environmental Engineering
Jennifer Stevenson Rehailitation Medicine
John Stone Earth and Space Sciences
Bert Stover Environmental Health
Eric Strachan Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Stuart Strand Civil & Environmnetal Engineering
C Strickland Psychosocial & Community Health
Caroline Stromberg Biology
Becky Suess Atmospheric Sciences
Margaret Sullivan JISAO
Adam Summers Friday Harbor Labs
Abigail Swann Atmospheric Sciences
Terry Swanson Earth and Space Sciences
Willie Swanson Genome Sciences
Susan Taylor Pharmacy
Veronika Tchesnokova Microbiology
Fang-Zhen Teng Earth & Space Sciences
Thomas Terry Forest Resources
Joshue Tewksbury Biology
John Thompson Medicine, Division of Oncology
Luanne Thompson Oceanography
Joel Thornton Atmospheric Sciences
Emma Timmins-Schiffman Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
Jason Toft Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
Tari Topolski Health Services
Christian Torgersen JISAO
Sandor Toth Environmental and Forest Sciences
Charles Treser Environmental Health
Piper Treuting Comparative Medicine
Alan Trimble Biology
Kathy Troost Earth and Space Sciences
Ka-Kit Tung Applied Mathematics
Eric Turnblom Environmental and Forest Sciences
Glen VanBlaricom Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Sverre Vedal Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
Edward Verrier Cardiothoracic Surgery Divison
John Vidale Earth and Space Sciences
Daniel Vogt Environmental and Forest Sciences
Kristina Vogt Environmental and Forest Sciences
Theo Vos Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation
Edwin Waddington Earth and Space Sciences
Edward Wagner Health Services
Michelle Wainstein Marine Programs Office
John Wallace Atmospheric Sciences
Judd Walson Global Health, Medicine
Steven Walters Earth and Space Sciences
Peter Ward Earth and Space Sciences
Mark Warner Oceanography
Stephen Warren Atmospheric Sciences
Steven Warren Earth and Space Sciences
Samuel Wasser Biology
Raechel Waters Marine Programs Office
Susan Waters Biology
Nathaniel Watson Neurology
S.J. Webb Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Miranda Wecker Environmental and Forest Sciences
Chang Wei Environmental and Forest Sciences
Noel Weiss Epidemiology
Scott Weissman Pediatrics
Simon Werrett History
Anne Wessells Urban Studies
Stephen West Environmental and Forest Sciences
Peter Westley Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
Elizabeth Wheat Program on the Environment
Samuel White Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
Susan Whiting Political Science
William Wilcock Oceanography
Daniel Williams Marine Programs Office
Kevin Williams Oceanography
Peter Williams Biochemistry
Kayleen Williams Biostatistics
Rhonda Williams Clinical Psychologist, Rehailitation Medicine
Nathalie Williams International Studies & Sociology
Douglas Wills Business
S Wilson Family and Child Nursing
Gregory Wilson Biology
Mark WINDSCHITL Curriculum and Instruction
Dale Winebrenner Earth and Space Sciences
Robert Winglee Earth & Space Sciences, Eronautics & Astronautics, Physics, Astronomy
Aaron Wirsing Environmental and Forest Sciences
John Withey Environmental and Forest Sciences
Kathleen Wolf Environmental and Forest Sciences
Hendrik Wolff economics
S Wolpin Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems
Robert Wood Atmospheric Sciences
S.E. Wood Earth & Space Sciences
Margaret Wylie Philosophy, Anthropology
Sandy Wyllie-Echeverria Friday Harbor Labs
Michael Yost Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Graham Young Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Darlene Zabowski Environmental and Forest Sciences
Jing Zhang Pathology
Jinlun Zhang Physics
Chuan Zhou Pediatrics


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

Being a large research university created challenges in conducting a research inventory given the amount and breadth of research being undertaken by very diverse departments and researchers, especially given the initial challenge of defining sustainbiity-related research. We created a methodology that would be systematic and replicable, knowing that the methodology might underreport research numbers. We are working with the Office of Research to develop a better way of identifying sustainability-related research.

To create our research inventory we utilized the same keywords used to identify academic courses to select classifications in the Human Experimental Research Data (HERD) classification system developed by NASA for reporting that indicated sustainability-related research. This allowed us to identify sustainability-related research, as well as faculty and staff associated with that research. The bulk of research identified fell within the College of the Environment, College of Built Environments, The Applied Physics Lab (atmospheric sciences and climate change research), and several College of Engineering departments (Civil and Environmental Engineering, Material Science and Engineering, Bioengeering). We acknowledge that research in areas such as business, public health, and arts & sciences may thus be under-represented and we are working with Office of Research to develop a system to identify research in these areas in a systematic and replicable way.


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

Name: Marina Alberti
Department: College of Built Environments
Accomplishment: That humans and the cities we build affect the ecosystem and even drive some evolutionary change in species’ traits is already known. The signs are small but striking: Spiders in cities are getting bigger and salmon in rivers are getting smaller; birds in urban areas are growing tamer and bolder, outcompeting their country cousins. What’s new is that these evolutionary changes are happening much more quickly than previously thought, and have potential impacts on ecosystem function on a contemporary scale. Not in the distant future, that is — but now. Marina Alberti's article in the February 2015 issue of the journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution suggests that if human-driven evolutionary change affects the functioning of ecosystems — as evidence is showing — it “may have significant implications for ecological and human well-being.”
http://www.washington.edu/news/2015/02/18/fearless-birds-and-big-city-spiders-is-urbanization-pushing-earths-evolution-to-a-tipping-point/

Name: Evan Solomon
Department: Oceanography
Accomplishment: Researchers found that water off the coast of Washington is gradually warming at a depth of 500 meters, about a third of a mile down. That is the same depth where methane transforms from a solid to a gas. The research suggests that ocean warming could be triggering the release of a powerful greenhouse gas. While scientists believe that global warming will release methane from gas hydrates worldwide, most of the current focus has been on deposits in the Arctic. This paper estimates that from 1970 to 2013, some 4 million metric tons of methane has been released from hydrate decomposition off Washington. That’s an amount each year equal to the methane from natural gas released in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout off the coast of Louisiana, and 500 times the rate at which methane is naturally released from the seafloor.
http://www.washington.edu/news/2014/12/09/warmer-pacific-ocean-could-release-millions-of-tons-of-seafloor-methane/

Name: Jan Newton
Department: Applied Physics Laboratory
Accomplishment: Increasing carbon dioxide in the air penetrates into the ocean and makes it more acidic, while robbing seawater of minerals that give shellfish their crunch. The West Coast is one of the first marine ecosystems to feel the effects. UW Researchers have developed new tool that is being used by NOAA to allow scientists to better understand what’s happening and provides ongoing data to help the shellfish industry adapt to these changes.
http://www.washington.edu/news/2014/11/21/uw-made-tool-displays-west-coast-ocean-acidification-data/

Name: Megan Bang
Department: Educational Psychology/Learning Sciences
Accomplishment: Is nature something we enjoy when we visit a national park, something we feel a need to “preserve,” or do we think of ourselves as being a part of nature? Are a bird’s nest and a house both part of nature? The answers to such questions can reflect different cultural orientations and have an effect on how well science and scientific concepts are communicated, according to new research from UW and Northwestern University published in the September 2014 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The research builds on broader inquiries on cultural differences in the understanding of and engagement with science. Native Americans, for example, traditionally see themselves as part of nature and tend to focus on ecological relationships, while European-Americans tend to see humans as apart from nature, the researchers found previously.
http://www.washington.edu/news/2014/10/15/science-communication-should-consider-cultural-perspectives/

Name: Diane Pearce
Department: Economics
Accomplishment: A Washington family of four must spend 46 percent more on average to make ends meet today than 13 years ago, according to a new report from the University of Washington. The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Washington State 2014, released Thursday (Nov. 20), provides a sobering look at how much it costs individuals and families statewide to meet basic needs — and how far short they’re falling. Authored by UW Researcher Diana Pearce, Director of the Center for Women’s Welfare at the UW School of Social Work, the study found that Washington families with two adults, a preschooler and a school-aged child saw the costs of meeting their most basic requirements jump as much as 72 percent between 2001 and 2014, depending on where they live. The self-sufficiency standard differs from the federal poverty measure by factoring in a range of costs, family composition and geography. The federal poverty level, still the most commonly used benchmark for determining who is defined as poor or in need of public assistance, was created in the 1960s and is based primarily on estimates of minimal food costs. The level is the same nationwide, whether one lives in Manhattan or Mississippi.
http://www.washington.edu/news/2014/11/20/cost-of-meeting-basic-needs-rising-faster-than-wages-in-washington-state/


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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.