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

STARS v2.2

University of Pennsylvania
EN-12: Continuing Education

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.29 / 5.00 Natalie Walker
Sustainability Manager
Penn Sustainability
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Total number of continuing education courses offered:

Number of continuing education courses that are sustainability course offerings:

Percentage of continuing education courses that are sustainability course offerings:

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its continuing education sustainability course offerings and descriptions:
Institution’s inventory of its continuing education sustainability course offerings and descriptions:

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

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

A brief description of the certificate program(s):

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, toxicogenomic, 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 certificate in Climate Change is offered through the College of Liberal and Professional Studies. It focuses on giving students an understanding of the Earth's climate system and how and why it has changed over time. Goals include assessing mechanisms that drive climate change and the development of communication skills to more effectively share an understanding of climate change and its relevant policy implications with a broad audience.

Website URL where information about the institution’s continuing education courses and programs in sustainability is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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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