Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.31
Liaison Natalie Walker
Submission Date Aug. 9, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Pennsylvania
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.60 / 8.00 Natalie Walker
Sustainability Manager
Penn Sustainability
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Has the institution adopted one or more sustainability learning outcomes that apply to the entire student body or, at minimum, to the institution's predominant student body?:

Which of the following best describes the sustainability learning outcomes?:

A list of the institution level sustainability learning outcomes:

Total number of graduates from degree programs:

Number of graduates from degree programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:

A brief description of how the figure above was determined:

Penn's Academics Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee (ESAC) created a list of majors, minors & concentrations, and centers/programs that were determined to require an understanding of sustainability. The programs included were assessed based on their descriptions, academic goals and outcomes, and from faculty input.

A list of degree programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:

The following degree programs and certificates have sustainability learning outcomes.
• B.A. in Environmental Studies
• B.S. in Earth Science
• Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics, Concentration in Sustainable Development
• Master of Applied Geosciences
• Master of Environmental Studies
• PhD in Earth Science
• B.A. in Science, Technology, & Society
• B.A. in Urban Studies
• Minor in Environmental Science
• Minor in Environmental Studies
• Minor in Landscape Architecture
• Minor in Urban Studies
• B.A. in Architecture
• Master of Architecture
• PhD in Architecture
• Master of City & Regional Planning
• PhD in City & Regional Planning
• Master of Landscape Architecture
• Master of Science in Historic Preservation
• Master of Science in Environmental Building Design
• Graduate Certificate in Ecological Architecture
• Graduate Certificate in Ecological Planning
• Graduate Certificate in Environmental Building Design
• Graduate Certificate in Land Preservation
• Graduate Certificate in Real Estate & Development
• Graduate Certificate in Urban Design
• Graduate Certificate in Urban Redevelopment
• Graduate Certificate in Urban Resilience
• B.S. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
• B.S. in Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics
• B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering
• Master of Science in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
• Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics
• Master of Science in Materials Science & Engineering
• PhD in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
• PhD in Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics
• PhD in Materials Science & Engineering
• Minor in Energy & Sustainability
• Minor in Global Health
• Master of Public Health
• Graduate Certificate in Environmental Health Sciences
• Graduate Certificate in Public Health
• Master of Business Administration in Business, Energy, Environment, & Sustainability
• Undergraduate Concentration in Environmental Policy & Management
• Graduate Certificate in Energy Management & Policy
• Minor in Sustainability & Environmental Management

In addition, the following organizations promote sustainable learning outcomes within their work

• Center for Environmental Building & Design
• Kleinman Center for Energy Policy Research
• McHarg Center
• Penn Institute for Urban Research
• Penn Program on Regulation
• Netter Center for Community Partnerships
• Penn Program in Environmental Humanities
• The Water Center
• Vagelos Program in Energy Research (VIPER)
• Center for Analyzing Evolved Structures as Optimized Products
• Center for Excellence in Environmental Toxicology
• Institute for Global Environmental Leadership
• Risk Management & Decision Process Center

Please see the document attached for more details on learning outcomes from programs.

Documentation supporting the figure reported above (upload):
Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:

Website URL where information about the sustainability learning outcomes 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 reducing emissions and energy use, as stated in the 2019 "Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0." This submission documents Penn's efforts during the FY20 year and compares them to the FY09 baseline year which corresponds with the University's "Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0." 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 Center 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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