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

STARS v2.1

University of Pennsylvania
EN-13: Community Service

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.20 / 5.00 Madeline Schuh
Sustainability Analyst
Facilities and Real Estate Services
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount; part-time students, continuing education, and/or graduate students may be excluded):
24876

Number of students engaged in community service (headcount):
622

Percentage of students engaged in community service:
2.50

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (community service hours)? (if data not available, respond 'No'):
Yes

Total number of student community service hours contributed during the most recent one-year period:
31100

Number of annual community service hours contributed per student :
1.25

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Does the institution include community service achievements on student transcripts?:
Yes

Does the institution provide incentives for employees to participate in community service (on- or off-campus)? (Incentives may include voluntary leave, compensatory time, or other forms of positive recognition):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s employee community service initiatives:

Penn Volunteers in Public Service (Penn VIPS) provides volunteer opportunities through the Netter Center for Community Partnerships. Penn VIPS is responsible for providing volunteer activities for faculty, staff and Alumni, and manages a variety of activities that include: creating volunteer activities, informing the University community and the community at-large about available volunteer programs, and managing several University-wide volunteer activities. These activities include, but are not limited to: one day event volunteer opportunities, teaching opportunities, WorkPlace mentoring programs and a guest speaker/career day speakers bureau, Adopt A Family for the Holidays program, MLK day of service events, semester long volunteer programs, and excess item distributions.


Additional documentation to support the submission:
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https://www.college.upenn.edu/service-courses
https://www.nettercenter.upenn.edu/
http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/civichouse/"

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.

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.