Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.40
Liaison Natalie Walker
Submission Date Feb. 21, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Pennsylvania
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.13 / 8.00 Madeline Schuh
Sustainability Analyst
Facilities and Real Estate Services
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Total number of graduates from degree programs (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, and other academic designations):

Number of students that graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that have adopted at least one sustainability learning outcome:

Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the institution level (e.g. covering all students)?:

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the division level (e.g. covering particular schools or colleges within the institution)?:

A list or brief description of the institution level or division level sustainability learning outcomes:

Does the institution specify sustainability learning outcomes at the program level (i.e. majors, minors, concentrations, degrees, diplomas, certificates, and other academic designations)?:

A list or brief description of the program level sustainability learning outcomes (or a list of sustainability-focused programs):

The following degree programs have sustainability learning outcomes. When available, the number of graduates in FY17 is included in parenthesis.
• Masters of Environmental Studies (38)
• Masters of Environmental Building Design (13)
• MBA Major in Environmental and Risk Management
• B.A in Earth & Environmental Science (19)
• B.A in Environmental and Risk Management
• B.A in Environmental Geology (3)
• B.A. in Paleobiology (2)
• B.A in Environmental Policy & Application (5)
• B.A. in Global Environmental Systems (3)
• B.A. in Earth and Environmental Studies with an individualized concentration (1)
• B.A. in Environmental History and Regulation Studies (1)
• B.A. in Sustainability and Environmental Management concentration (6)
• B.A in Environmental Studies (18)
• B.A in Environmental Sustainability
• B.A in Urban Environment
• B.A in Economics with a concentration in Environmental Policy and Management
• Energy & Sustainability minor (1)
• Environmental Science minor (4)
• Environmental Studies minor (2)
• Engineering minor in Energy and Sustainability
• Occupational & Environmental Health minor
• Sustainability & Environmental Management minor (3)
• Certificate in Ecological Design (7)
• Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris
• Masters in Social Work
• Masters in Social Policy
• Juris Doctor in Environmental Law
• Master of Public Health
• VIPER (6)

In addition, the following organizations promote sustainable learning outcomes within their work
• The Netter Center
• Civic House
• Penn Praxis
• Center for Excellence in Environmental Toxicology
• Kleinman Center
• Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities

Please see the document attached at the end of the submission for more details on learning outcomes from programs.

Do course level sustainability learning outcomes contribute to the figure reported above (i.e. in the absence of program, division, or institution level learning outcomes)?:

A list or brief description of the course level sustainability learning outcomes and the programs for which the courses are required:

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The University of Pennsylvania is a major research institution, with over 3,000 degrees granted annually from twelve professional and academic schools at the Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate levels. Penn is committed to teaching environmental sustainability, with a goal to make climate change and sustainability part of the curriculum and educational experience available to all Penn students. (Penn's 2009 "Climate Action Plan".). This submission documents Penn's efforts during the FY17 year and compares them to the FY14 baseline year which corresponds with the University's "Climate Action Plan. 2.0". The submission relies on information related to the main, academic, West Philadelphia campus, but to more fully document efforts across the Penn system, information related to the Morris Arboretum and New Bolton has also been referenced and noted as outside the boundary in descriptions. The information is used to enrich examples of University efforts and is not intended to be the primary justification for credits. The responses for each of the questions and sub-questions are drawn from University materials, both internal and public documents. Each section notes the website where the information can be found.

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.