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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 55.50
Liaison Alistair Hall
Submission Date July 22, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Vassar College
AC-9: Academic Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.30 / 12.00 Alistair Hall
Sustainability Assistant
Dean of Strategic Planning
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Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:
30

Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in research:
277

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
14

The total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that conduct research:
57

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:

Pinar Batur, Sociology
Stuart Belli, Chemistry
Lisa Brawley, Urban Studies
Colleen Cohen, Anthropology
Mary Ann Cunningham, Geography
Brian J. Godfrey, Geography, Urban Studies
Michael Hanigan, History
Julie Hughes, History
Paul Kane, English
Martha Kaplan, Anthropology
Jamie Kelly, Philosophy
Candice Lowe-Swift, Anthropology
Brian McAdoo, Earth Science
Kristen Menking, Earth Science
Joseph Nevins, Geography
Lisa Paravisini, Hispanic Studies, Environmental
Julie Park, English
Kate Susman, Biology
Marshall Pregnall, Biology
Margaret Ronsheim, Biology
Paul Ruud, Economics
Jill S. Schneiderman, Earth Science
Jodi Schwartz, Biology
Peter Stillman, Political Science
Janet Gray, Psychology
Jeff Walker, Earth Science, Environmental Studies
Yu Zhou, Geography
Lynn Christensen, Biology
Keri VanCamp, Biology
Lucy Johnson, Anthropology


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

The list was built by looking through departmental faculty bios for key research terms, follow up emails to professors to clarify their current research interested helped ensure accuracy.


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

Keri VanCamp and Lynn Christensen in Biology are studying the potential environmental and economic impacts of Emerald Ash Borer and are working to come up with a management plan for the invasive specie before it is too late.

Paul Ruud in economics has done research on the potential economic impacts surrounding fossil fuel divestment.

Mary Ann Cunningham has done research on how varying reward structures either support or hinder our efforts at Climate Change resiliency on campuses.


The website URL where information about sustainability research is available:
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