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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-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Mary Easterling
Assoc Director, Analysis & Assessment
Sustainability Institute
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Trash to Treasure

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? :
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe?:
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus?:
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Not Sure

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above:

"Trash to Treasure" is a recycling partnership between Penn State and the local United Way. The program collects discarded items from student move-out in the spring, diverting them from the landfill, and selling them to raise money for the United Way. This is an annual event. http://sites.psu.edu/trash2treasure/


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Sustainable Communities Collaborative

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (2nd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (2nd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (2nd partnership) (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (2nd partnership):

The Sustainable Communities Collaborative (SCC) connects University Park faculty, students, and staff with local communities to address sustainability challenges through an engaged, collaborative effort. Innovative university/community-based collaborations are developed to engage PSU faculty and students in existing courses from across the University with real world, community-identified projects to meet the partnering community’s sustainability priorities. Each project is a facilitated effort, involving interdisciplinary faculty expertise and students, co-led by a key community leader and the University’s SCC staff, to help develop and support thriving, healthy communities and advance student learning about the scholarship of sustainability.
http://sustainability.psu.edu/live/staff/sustainable-communities-collaborative


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Shaver's Creek Environmental Center

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (3rd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (3rd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (3rd partnership):
The partnership supports at least one, but not all three, dimensions of sustainability

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (3rd partnership) (Yes, No, or Unknown):
Not Sure

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (3rd partnership):

Penn State's Shaver's Creek Environmental Center parners with a number of community groups. For example, it works with regional school districts to provide programming in the form of Outdoor School and educational field trips, and partners with the Central Pennsylvania Native Plant Society annually to sponsor the Central PA Native Plant Festival, which celebrates native plants and local food.
http://shaverscreek.org/about-us/environmental-partners/


A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:

The Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP) is an ongoing federal-state-university partnership for economic development. The program services the entire state of Pennsylvania through a network of technical specialists. Often the assistance provided has been in the area of economy, energy, and the environment. http://penntap.psu.edu/success-stories/


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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