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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-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
-- 0.00 / 4.00 Mary Easterling
Assoc Director, Analysis & Assessment
Sustainability Institute

This credit was marked as Not Pursuing so Reporting Fields will not be displayed.

Although Penn State lacks a true sustainability literacy assessment at this time, there are plans to implement one in 2017. In a related effort, in spring 2016 a group of graduate students and two faculty advisors conducted a survey of "Penn State University Park Undergraduates' Environmental Knowledge, Behaviors, and Concerns", as part of a class in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment program (HDNRE 590). Because this survey lacked questions on the social and economic aspects of sustainability, it cannot be considered a true sustainability literacy survey. However it was quite comprehensive, and based on a statistically valid sample of all undergraduates.

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.