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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
OP-3: Building Operations and Maintenance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.02 / 5.00 Shelley McKeague
Environmental Compliance Specialist
Engineering Services
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Total floor area of building space:
20,886,526 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a green building rating system for the operations and maintenance of existing buildings used by an Established Green Building Council:
Certified Floor Area
LEED O+M Platinum or the highest achievable level under another GBC rating system 0 Square Feet
LEED O+M Gold or the 2nd highest level under another 4- or 5-tier GBC rating system 225,407 Square Feet
Certified at mid-level under a 3- or 5-tier GBC rating system (e.g. BREEAM-In Use, CASBEE for Existing Buildings, DGNB, Green Star Performance) 0 Square Feet
LEED O+M Silver or at a step above minimum level under another 4 -or 5–tier GBC rating system 0 Square Feet
LEED O+M Certified or certified at minimum level under another GBC rating system 0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified under a non-GBC rating system for the operations and maintenance of existing buildings, e.g. BOMA BESt, Green Globes CIEB:
0 Square Feet

Percentage of building space certified under a green building rating system for the operations and maintenance of existing buildings:
1.08

A brief description of the green building rating system(s) used and/or a list or sample of certified buildings and ratings:

LEED O&M for Existing Buildings v4
Business Building - Smeal College of Business - Gold
https://www.smeal.psu.edu/sustainability/leed-certification


Of the institution's uncertified building space, what percentage of floor area is maintained in accordance with a published indoor air quality (IAQ) management policy or protocol? (0-100):
100

A copy of the IAQ management policy or protocol:
The website URL where the IAQ policy/protocol may be found:
Of the institution's uncertified building space, what percentage of floor area is maintained in accordance with a published green cleaning policy, program or contract ? (0-100):
100

A copy or the green cleaning policy:
A brief description of how green cleaning is incorporated into cleaning contracts:
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Of the institution's uncertified building space, what percentage of floor area is maintained in accordance with an energy management or benchmarking program? (0-100):
100

A brief description of the energy management or benchmarking program:

Penn State utilizes Enterprise Energy Management Suite for tracking of energy commodity purchasing and energy consumption. It integrates utility rates, the handheld meter reading system, manual data reads and real-time meter data collection for comprehensive analysis of Penn State's energy profile. The system is used for billing, benchmarking, trend analysis, demand response, energy savings project development and project tracking.

Penn State has set Greenhouse Gas reduction goals and Energy Performance goals. In 2014, Penn State joined the Dept. of Energy's Better Building Challenge committing 28 million square feet to a 20 percent energy intensity reduction by 2025.


Of the institution's uncertified building space, what percentage of floor area is maintained in accordance with a water management or benchmarking program? (0-100):
100

A brief description of the water management or benchmarking program:

Penn State owns and operates its Water Utility System. Water withdrawal is metered at the wells. Water use is also metered at the building level. This data is utilized within the EEMSuite for internal billing, tracking building water use, establishing baselines, benchmarking, use analysis and to inform reduction projects and initiatives.


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