Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.40
Liaison Natalie Walker
Submission Date Feb. 21, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Pennsylvania
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Madeline Schuh
Sustainability Analyst
Facilities and Real Estate Services
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

AASHE, The US Green Building Council, the Ivy Plus Sustainability Consortium, the Global University Leadership Forum

Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

The Delaware Valley Green Building Council

Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

Philadelphia 2030 District, Delaware Valley Sustainability Symposium, Sustainability Leadership Council.

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):

The Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA); presentation of deep energy retrofits at Penn.

Has the institution had staff, students or faculty serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years? :

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

Vice Chair of the Philadelphia Civic Design Review Civic
Design Review is an opportunity for major development projects to be
reviewed in a public forum and evaluated against consistent standards, regardless of where they are located in the city. Civic Design Review elevates Philadelphia’s development process to be parallel with other large metropolitan centers across the nation.

Board of Directors member of the ACE Mentor Program of Eastern Pennsylvania. Founded in 2000, the ACE Mentor Program of Eastern Pennsylvania gives students from local high schools an opportunity to learn about careers in architecture, engineering and construction. Under the mentorship of experienced professionals from leading building industry firms, students work in teams to pursue a range of informative and stimulating after-school activities, including field trips to “in-progress” construction sites, discussions with project managers, education about environmental sustainability in the built environment, tours of professional offices and more. In addition, each team works on a project that addresses “real-life” situations and issues.The 2015-2017 Board of Directors includes Marilyn Jost, the Executive Director of Finance and Administration for Penn's Division of Facilities and Real Estate Services.

Mayor's Historic Preservation Task Force Member
Founded in 2017, the Mayor's Preservation Task Force was established by Mayor Jim Kenney to help shape how the city handles historic preservation in Philadelphia. http://www.phillyarchaeology.net/paf-activities/historic-preservation-task-force/

Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

Penn is an active member of the Ivy+ Sustainability Consortium and other sustainability initiatives.

Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

Yes, through the Ivy+ Sustainability Consortium, Penn has provided and discussed carbon footprints of member organizations.

Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :

A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:

IVY Plus Sustainability Consortium Meetings and attendance and participation in the AASHE annual convention.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Penn students, faculty, and staff participate in numerous boards and committees both locally and internationally. The list above does not cover all such activity, but does try to cover the majority of sustainability related work. In addition to the organizations listed above, Penn participates in Gulf ISCN, SRAC, SCUP, APPA, NACUBIO, ASLA, ASUA, AIA, and many others.

The University of Pennsylvania is a major research institution, with over 3000 degrees granted annually from twelve professional and academic schools at the Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate levels. Penn is committed to engaging with both the campus and public community on sustainability, with a goal to make climate change and sustainability part of the Penn culture. This commitment and long standing tradition of both campus and public engagement around the issue of sustainability is seen through campus sustainability groups and community focused centers. Both public and campus engagement organizations partner with the Sustainability Office to create student internships, engage in environmental issues, and build knowledge around sustainability. For a more complete listing of engagement activities on campus, please see EN 10 to EN 14.

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.

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