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-12: Continuing Education

Status Score Responsible Party
5.00 / 5.00 Madeline Schuh
Sustainability Analyst
Facilities and Real Estate Services
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Does the institution offer continuing education courses that address sustainability?:

Total number of continuing education courses offered:

Number of continuing education courses offered that address sustainability:

Percentage of continuing education courses that address sustainability:

A copy of the list and brief description of the continuing education courses that address sustainability:

A list and brief description of the continuing education courses that address sustainability:

Penn has a Masters of Environmental Studies program that offers about 10 to 15 courses per semester, plus summer sessions. The Organizational Dynamics program for mid-career professionals has a sustainability track with three or four sustainability courses offered each semester, plus summer sessions.

CIMS 595 640: MLA Proseminar: Cinema and Politics
PHIL 489 640: Conflict, Ideology, and Public Discourse
PHIL 525 640: MLA Proseminar: Science, Truth, and Democracy
AFRC 420 601: The US and Human Rights: Policies and Practices
ANTH 478 601: Topics in Paleopathology
ENVS 541 660: Modeling Geographic Objects
URBS 473 601: History & Theory of Community Organizing
ENVS 507 660: Wetlands
ENVS 541 660: Modeling Geographic Objects
ENVS 601 660: Proseminar: Contemporary Issues in Environmental Studies
ENVS 609 660: Creating Gateways to the Land with Smarter Conservation
ENVS 622 660: Environmental Enforcement
ENVS 629 660: The US Water Industry in the 21st Century
ENVS 645 660: Energy Geopolitics in Eurasia
ENVS 648 660: Issues in Food and Agriculture Policy
ENVS 667 660: Intro to Sustainability
ENVS 673 660: The Future of Water
ENVS 676 660: Corporate Sustainability Management & Communication
DYNM 623 001 : Building Intercultural Competence in a Global Work Environment

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

Does the institution have at least one sustainability-themed certificate program through its continuing education or extension department?:

A brief description of the certificate program(s), including the year the program was created:

The Certificate Program in Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) focuses on the mechanistic links that exist between environmental exposures, the molecular and cellular affects that ensue, and diseases of environmental etiology. Emphasis is placed on training in molecular toxicology, environmental and occupational health, molecular epidemiology, toxicogenomics, toxicoproteomics, and population-based and clinical/translational research. The goal is to explore mechanisms, pathogenesis, prevention and treatment of diseases of environmental etiology. This is achieved by working with world-renowned experts in lung and airway disease, cancer causation, neurodegenerative disease, reproductive and developmental disorders, and cardiovascular disease.

Certificate of Study in Environmental Policy is granted by the Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Pennsylvania to Penn Law students who successfully complete its requirements. To qualify for the certificate, a student must successfully complete five courses in the general area of Environmental Policy. Two from the Law School, and three from a selection of courses in Environmental Studies.

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