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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
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Pennsylvania State University
IC-1: Institutional Boundary

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete N/A Mary Easterling
Assoc Director, Analysis & Assessment
Sustainability Institute
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Institution type (Associate, Baccalaureate, Doctoral/Research, or Master):
Doctoral/Research

Institutional control (Public, Private for-profit, or Private non-profit):
Public

A brief description of the institution’s main campus and other aspects of the institutional boundary used to complete this report:

Information found in this STARS report covers Penn State's main University Park campus located in State College, PA. For the most part, all functions that are part of the core campus area are included in the institutional boundary. Land and related facilities that are managed by the College of Agriculture for educational and research purposes, and are adjacent to the core of the University Park campus, ARE included in the institutional boundary. Also included is the Arboretum.


Which of the following features are present on campus and which are included within the institutional boundary?:
Present? Included?
Agricultural school Yes Yes
Medical school Yes No
Other professional school with labs and clinics (e.g. dental, nursing, pharmacy, public health, veterinary) Yes Yes
Satellite campus Yes No
Farm larger than 5 acres or 2 hectares Yes Yes
Agricultural experiment station larger than 5 acres or 2 hectares Yes No
Hospital Yes No

The rationale for excluding any features that are present from the institutional boundary:

The Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, which includes the College of Medicine and a hospital, is located in Hershey, PA, approximately 100 miles from Penn State's main campus at University Park. Because of this geographic separation, and because the medical school and hospital are administered as a separate unit, we have chosen not to include them in this STARS submission for the University Park campus.

Penn State University encompasses 23 geographically dispersed campuses. This STARS submission applies only to the main campus at University Park. "Satellite campuses" (which include the 19 "Commonwealth Campuses", Great Valley campus, Dickinson School of Law, and College of Medicine), are encouraged to submit their own STARS data.
Land and related facilities that are managed by the College of Agriculture for educational and research purposes, and are adjacent to the core of the University Park campus, ARE included in the institutional boundary. Also included is the Arboretum. Other non-contiguous agricultural land and facilities are NOT included.

The Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research and Education Center, located ~20 miles from the UP campus, is managed as a separate campus and therefore is not included within the institutional boundary. Neither are other non-contiguous ag experiment stations operated by Penn State.


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.