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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 67.88
Liaison Mary Easterling
Submission Date Sept. 14, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Pennsylvania State University
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Mary Easterling
Assoc Director, Analysis & Assessment
Sustainability Institute
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for undergraduate students (I.e. an interdisciplinary academic program that concentrates on sustainability as an integrated concept)?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate degree program:
Community, Environment, and Development

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

The Community, Environment, and Development major focuses on the fields of community and economic development, environment and natural resources, and the critically important interactions between these fields, both locally and globally.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program:
Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Energy and Sustainability Policy

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):

The Energy and Sustainability Policy degree program, offered online through Penn State's World Campus, is designed to provide a unique, interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates areas of study in energy security, sustainability management, foreign and domestic energy and sustainability policy analysis.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
Environmental Systems Engineering

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program (3rd program):

This interdisciplinary program has two options: (1) Environmental Systems Engineering is concerned with the impact of industrial activities on the environment and the choice of cost-effective remediation strategies; (2) Environmental Health and Safety Engineering is concerned with safe and healthful design of industrial systems such that workers are protected from potentially high risk exposures associated with today's industries. The program is unique as it is designed to address critical environmental, safety and health problems of the basic industries such as those involved in the extraction, conversion, and utilization of energy and mineral resources. The human, societal, economic, ethical, and regulatory aspects of the industries' impacts on the environment, and on the workers themselves, are also addressed.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program(s):

Other sustainability-focused and -related degree programs are listed on the Sustainability Institute website: http://sustainability.psu.edu/learn/students/sustainability-related-degree-programs


Does the institution offer one or more sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates for undergraduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Sustainability Leadership Minor

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:

The Intercollege Minor in Sustainability Leadership allows students in any major to incorporate sustainability as a significant theme in their undergraduate degree program. Through a combination of coursework and immersive experiences in sustainability, students develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to become sustainability leaders in their respective fields. Students choose one of four thematic tracks: Design for Sustainable Communities, Educating for Sustainability, Humanistic Understanding of Sustainability, and Sustainability and Food Systems.


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Environmental and Renewable Resource Economics Minor

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):

This minor introduces students to how fundamental economic principles can be used to explain and seek solutions for problems related to the degradation of the environment and unsustainable use of natural resources.


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
Earth Sustainability Certificate

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):

This new online undergraduate certificate aims to provide people from many backgrounds with information to make environmentally sustainable decisions. The four courses that comprise the certificate are Earth in the Future: Predicting Climate Change and Its Impacts over the Next Century; Climate, Energy and Our Future; Coastal Processes, Hazards and Society; and Water: Science and Society.


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused undergraduate minors, concentrations and certificates:

Other sustainability-focused and -related degree programs are listed on the Sustainability Institute website: http://sustainability.psu.edu/learn/students/sustainability-related-degree-programs


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.