Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 64.57
Liaison Sherri Mason
Submission Date June 14, 2023

STARS v2.2

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Sherri Mason
Director of Sustainability
School of Science
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Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in curriculum and/or research?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to academics and the plan(s) in which they are published:
SAMPLE OF SUSTAINABILITY OBJECTIVES RELATED TO ACADEMICS (included in the campus Sustainability Strategic Plan):

Goal 1: Education & Engagement
Objective 1.1: Develop Sustainability as an umbrella educational and research objective across all schools and disciplines.
Action 1.1.1: Work within the Penn State system to get Sustainability-Related and Sustainability-Focused course designations in order to increase our number of sustainability course offerings to 25% by 2023. SDGs: 4, 17
Action 1.1.2: Double the number of programs (majors) that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome by 2023. SDGs: 4, 17
Action 1.1.3: Offer at least 2 training sessions for faculty each year in order to increase awareness of sustainability and how to include it in their classes.
SDGs: 4, 17

Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address student, employee, or community engagement for sustainability?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to engagement and the plan(s) in which they are published:
SAMPLE OF SUSTAINABILITY OBJECTIVES RELATED TO ENGAGEMENT (included in the campus Sustainability Strategic Plan):
Goal 1: Education & Engagement
Objective 1.1: Develop Sustainability as an umbrella educational and research objective across all schools and disciplines.
Action 1.1.5: Outreach to at least 5 sustainability related companies (obtained in collaboration with the ACPC) by 2025 to register with Nittany Lions Careers to offer research and internship opportunities. SDGs: 4, 8, 9, 12, 17

Objective 1.3: Expand sustainability education beyond the classroom through intentional considerations in all campus outreach events.
Action 1.3.5: Leveraging partnership with the civic & community engagement center, increase student engagement in sustainability-related community service programs by 25% by 2025. SDGs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 11, 15, 16, 17
Action 1.3.6: Produce at least one event per year related to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, especially topics related to diversity and good health and well-being. SDGs: all

Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in operations?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to operations and the plan(s) in which they are published:
SAMPLE OF SUSTAINABILITY OBJECTIVES RELATED TO OPERATIONS (included in the campus Sustainability Strategic Plan):

Goal 2: Stewardship
Objective 2.2: Become a Zero-Waste Campus
Action 2.2.1: Compost half of our food waste by 2022 by implementing a back-of-the-house composting program. SDGs: 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17
Action 2.2.2: Work with Maintenance and Operations to develop a comprehensive waste management plan by 2022, including better bins with better locations and signage, increased separation of recycling, and partnering with local agencies to increase composting and recycling. SDGs: 4, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address diversity, equity, and inclusion; sustainable investment/finance; or wellbeing?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to administration and the plan(s) in which they are published:
SAMPLE OF SUSTAINABILITY OBJECTIVES RELATED TO DEI/WELLBEING (included in the campus Sustainability Strategic Plan):

Goal 3: Community & Culture
Objective 3.1: Create a Welcoming Space for People of Color.
Action 3.1.1: Develop a lands acknowledgment of campus & regional lands by 2021. SDGs: 4, 10, 11, 16, 17
Action 3.1.2: Partner with ABC and other pertinent student groups to collaborate on one celebratory or awareness event each year. SDGs: 4, 10, 11, 16, 17
Objective 3.2: Expand our attention to the mental health of our students.
Action 3.2.1: Work with the "Care Team" to offer support for students with eating disorders/disordered eating by 2022. SDGs: 3, 4, 11, 16, 17
Action 3.2.2: Create an advertising campaign focused on the use of campus spaces (such as campus gardens, the Smith chapel, the Wilson picnic grove, and the Wintergreen gorge) as accessible, device-free spaces for students to use to meditate, grieve, and take care of their overall mental health by 2023.
SDGs: 3, 4, 9, 11, 16, 17
Objective 3.3: Assist students with meeting their basic needs.
Action 3.3.1: Provide access to plastic-free feminine hygiene products across campus by 2021. SDGs: 5, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Action 3.3.2: Through partnership of Sustainable Food Systems and the Lion’s Pantry, provide student access to free, fresh produce by 2022.
SDGs: 1, 2, 3, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17

Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

The institution’s highest guiding document (upload):
Website URL where the institution’s highest guiding document is publicly available:
Which of the following best describes the inclusion of sustainability in the highest guiding document?:
Minor theme

The institution's sustainability plan (upload):
Website URL where the institution's sustainability plan is publicly available:
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Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body?:
No

The formal statement in support of sustainability:
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The institution’s definition of sustainability:
Sustainability is the simultaneous pursuit of human health and happiness, environmental quality, and economic well-being for current and future generations.

Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following?:
Yes or No
The Earth Charter No
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) No
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter No
Pan-Canadian Protocol for Sustainability No
SDG Accord Yes
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment No
The Talloires Declaration (TD) No
UN Global Compact No
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) No

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:
Sustainability at Penn State uses the integrated framework of the 2030 Global Sustainable Development Goals to advance the causes of people, planet, shared prosperity, peace, and partnerships for current and future generations.

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning efforts is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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