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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-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.76 / 3.00 Shelley McKeague
Environmental Compliance Specialist
Engineering Services
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Total floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space (include projects completed within the previous five years) :
761,733 Square Feet

Floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space certified Living under the Living Building Challenge:
0 Square Feet

Floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space certified at each level under a rating system for design and construction used by an Established Green Building Council (GBC) :
Certified Floor Area
LEED BD+C Platinum or at the highest achievable level under another rating system 0 Square Feet
LEED BD+C Gold or at the 2nd highest level under another 4- or 5-tier GBC rating system 0 Square Feet
Certified at mid-level under a 3- or 5-tier GBC rating system for design and construction (e.g. BREEAM, CASBEE, DGNB, Green Star) 0 Square Feet
LEED BD+C Silver or at a step above minimum level under another 4- or 5-tier GBC rating system 524,226 Square Feet
LEED BD+C Certified or certified at minimum level under another GBC rating system 237,507 Square Feet

Floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space certified under a non-GBC rating system for design and construction (e.g. Green Globes NC, Certified Passive House):
0 Square Feet

Percentage of newly constructed or renovated building space certified under a green building rating system for design and construction:
100

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

LEED Certified Buildings (2012-2016)
Moore Building Addition - Certified
Pegula Ice Arena - Silver
IM Building Addition - Silver
Burrows Building - Silver
Chace Hall - Certified
Haller\Lyons - Certified
Ewing\Cross - Silver
Cooper\Hoyt - Silver
Hibbs\Stevens - Certified


Floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space that is NOT certified, but that was designed and constructed in accordance with published green building guidelines and policies:
0 Square Feet

A copy of the green building guidelines or policies :
The green building guidelines or policies:
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Do the green building guidelines or policies cover the following?:
Yes or No
Impacts on the surrounding site (e.g. guidelines to reuse previously developed land, protect environmentally sensitive areas, and otherwise minimize site impacts) ---
Energy consumption (e.g. policies requiring a minimum level of energy efficiency for buildings and their systems) ---
Building-level energy metering ---
Use of environmentally preferable materials (e.g. guidelines to minimize the life cycle impacts associated with building materials) ---
Indoor environmental quality (i.e. guidelines to protect the health and comfort of building occupants) ---
Water consumption (e.g. requiring minimum standards of efficiency for indoor and outdoor water use) ---
Building-level water metering ---

A brief description of the green building guidelines or policies and/or a list or sample of buildings covered:

All new and renewed facilities shall be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified. LEED Certification shall follow the current version of the "PSU Policy based on LEED for New Construction and Major Renovations” .


A brief description of how the institution ensures compliance with green building design and construction guidelines and policies:

Penn State uses LEED as a tool to ensure green principles are applied to all new construction and major renovation. Specific requirements are outlined in the Design Standards, Section 01 81 13 Sustainable Design Requirements. Penn State's LEED Policy customizes the LEED process by prioritizing the implementaion of sustainable elements that are most important to the University. The Office of Physical Plant (OPP) oversees and coordinates the design and construction of all new construction, renovation and major maintenance projects for the University Park Campus. Compliance is ensured through the design and construction process led by OPP professionals. The LEED certification process itself provides third-party verification that the building was built using green strategies.


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