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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 62.54
Liaison Lindsay Crum
Submission Date Sept. 21, 2016
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STARS v2.1

Yale University
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.00 / 12.00 Melissa Goodall
Associate Director
Office of Sustainability
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Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in research (headcount):
4,903

Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in sustainability research (headcount):
4,201

Percentage of the institution's faculty and staff researchers that are engaged in sustainability research :
85.68

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts research:
102

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
93

Percentage of research-producing departments that are engaged in sustainability research:
91.18

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):

In order for the Yale Office of Sustainability to gain an understanding of which of the 4,420 Faculty Members are aligned with any of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and which of the faculty members are involved with research and sustainability research, we have been doing an audit of faculty biographies, available on Yale websites. In addition to the faculty biography, the auditor also references any publications, personal or professional websites, and some social media (LinkedIn) of the faculty member being audited. After reading all the required sources, the auditor estimates which of the SDGs the faculty member is involved with in a research or teaching capacity, and which SDGs they may be passionate about on a personal level.

In addition the auditor researches what, if any, courses the faculty member teaches, and if they are involved in any campus committees related to the SDGs.

Basic information collected during the audit includes:
• Faculty Affiliation
• Full Name
• Email address
• Title
• Secondary Faculty Affiliation
• Specialties and Interests
• Courses
• Website (personal or professional)
• Do they identify with sustainability?

It is recognized that the process of auditing can be seen as subjective, however, certain rules are followed to ensure consistency in choices across different faculties. For example, it is assumed that all nurses working in the School of Nursing, are proponents of SDG #3 (Good Health), and that all members of the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies are supporters of SDG #5 (Gender Equality).

The list of faculty currently engaged in sustainable research includes all departments, save those in the Yale School of Medicine. However, the number of Yale Medical School faculty engaged in sustainable research has been indicated on the spreadsheet.

Using the Yale Centers and Institutes list, divided by Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences and Sciences & Engineering, staff members were tallied whose job title involved research related duties, including but not limited to; editorial staff, postdoctoral staff, specialists, programmers, analysts. Job titles which were excluded were administrator, manager, administrative assistant, director. Yale Medical School staff involved with research related duties were identified and totaled by the Director of the Yale School of Medicine Faculty Support, their job titles included but were not limited to; technicians, biostatistician, laboratory assistant, research and development tech, research assistant, research associate, statistician.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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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.