The Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) is a self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS defines sustainability research as research that leads toward solutions that simultaneously support social wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health. It includes academic research that:
- Explicitly addresses sustainability and/or furthers understanding of the interconnectedness of social, economic and environmental issues;
- Contributes directly toward solving one or more major sustainability challenge (e.g. contributes toward achieving principles outlined in the Earth Charter); and/or
- Engages community members with the aim of combining knowledge and action to achieve positive social, economic and environmental outcomes (e.g. participatory and community-based research and engaged scholarship).
The 2015 UC Irvine Sustainability Research Inventory is based on this definition and includes, at minimum, all research centers, laboratories, departments, and faculty members whose research focuses on or is related to sustainability. Download the Inventory here: