Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.74
Liaison Krista Bailey
Submission Date Oct. 20, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Pennsylvania State University
EN-13: Community Stakeholder Engagement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00 Mary Easterling
Assoc Director, Analysis & Assessment
Sustainability Institute
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Has the institution adopted a framework for community stakeholder engagement in governance, strategy and operations?:

A brief description of the policies and procedures that ensure community stakeholder engagement is applied systematically and regularly across the institution’s activities:

A brief description of how the institution identifies and engages community stakeholders, including any vulnerable or underrepresented groups:

List of identified community stakeholders:

A brief description of successful community stakeholder engagement outcomes from the previous three years:

The website URL where information about the institution’s community stakeholder engagement framework and activities is available:

Penn State has not yet adopted a framework for community stakeholder engagement; however. the need for such a framework has been recognized by the administration, and plans for developing one are underway.

The need for such a framework was highlighted by a recent conflict between Penn State and community members over the proposed route for a high-pressure natural gas pipeline to serve the University. Original plans - which called for running the pipeline through a residential neighborhood.- were developed by Columbia Gas in consultation with Penn State, but without sufficient input from all stakeholders in the community. Opposition by residents along the proposed route forced Penn State to re-route the line through campus at considerably higher cost. A recently completed analysis of "lessons learned" from this experience is expected to lead to the beginnings of a framework for community stakeholder engagement that will help to avoid such conflicts in the future.

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