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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
EN-8: Employee Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.30 / 1.00 Mary Easterling
Assoc Director, Analysis & Assessment
Sustainability Institute
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Percentage of new employees (faculty and staff) that are offered orientation and/or outreach and guidance materials that cover sustainability topics (0-100):
30

A brief description of how sustainability is included in new employee orientation (including how multiple dimensions of sustainability are addressed):

Every new Finance & Business staff member is required to attend a four hour orientation workshop that includes sustainability, ethics and diversity training. The Sustainability Institute staff offer a 45 minute session covering: What is Sustainability, how this concept plays into decision making, and resources. There are 3,000-5,000 Finance and Business employees. This kind of orientation is optional for other departments at the university.

The Sustainability Institute is developing an online module on sustainability for New Employee Orientation, that will be available to all new employees.

New faculty orientation includes some components that are included in the broader definition of sustainability - e.g., diversity - but currently it does not address sustainability per se.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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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.