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Sustainability Research

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Sustainability Research

The American University Sustainability Fund supports campus sustainability research projects proposed by students, faculty, staff, alumni and neighbors.

Faculty Sustainability Research

Sustainability research focuses on a key principle of sustainability (such as social equity or environmental stewardship); addresses a sustainability challenge (such as climate change or poverty); or furthers our understanding of the interconnectedness of societal and environmental challenges. Sustainability research leads toward solutions that support economic prosperity, social wellbeing, and ecological health.

This guidance was developed by a committee of three faculty members, comprised of: Kathleen Getz, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Kogod School of Business; Dr. Sikina Jinnah, Assistant Professor, School of International Service; Stephen MacAvoy, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Science.

View Faculty Sustainability Research for a current, complete list of faculty members and research topics.

Check out Director of Sustainability Programs Megan Litke's presentation at the 2017 Ann Ferran Conference on "Connecting Campus Sustainability with the Classroom."

Bender Library Resources

The Sustainability Collection encompasses a wide array of disciplines and approaches to sustainability, including new approaches to urban design, the implications of energy choices, and new and traditional agricultural methods and food distribution strategies. The collection shows in a variety of ways and places how design, conservation, community, and legislative action are all crucial components of a sustainable future at both the local and global level.