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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
IN-24: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Mary Easterling
Assoc Director, Analysis & Assessment
Sustainability Institute
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Mahoning Creek Hydroelectiric Facility

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

The Mahoning Creek Hydroelectic Facility - a certified low-impact plant, built using existing infrastructure in Pennsylvania - now supplies Penn State with about 8 percent of its energy needs. The project began in 2012, when Enduring Hydro LLC approached Penn State to commit to a 10-year power purchase agreement. In exchange, the partnership would allow Penn State to support renewable energy production, reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and its energy costs, and provide educational opportunities for its students. Enduro Hydro will hire up to 5 student interns each year over the course of the partnership. Mahoning Creek Dam was originally built in 1941 by the US Army Corps of Engineers as a flood control project. Although the design included a conduit that would allow the dam to be used to produce hydropower, that element of the project was never completed due to World War II. Decades later Enduring Hydro LLC, with Penn State's support, was able to follow through with the original plan of a functioning hydroelectric facility at Mahoning Creek Dam. The plant began commercial operations in December 2013 and continues to supply a portion of Penn State's electricity needs. Full details of this project did not become available until later in 2014 (see link to news article below).


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Public Engagement
Energy

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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