UNIVERSITY PARK, PA — Penn State officially submitted its Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) report to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and received a rating of silver, according to a press release.
This is the first comprehensive survey of sustainability initiatives and outcomes in the history of the university; plans are to include all campuses and locations in the next submission in two to three years, the release stated.
According to the release, STARS reports on three primary areas: Education and research; operations; and planning, administration and engagement, with each category further divided into subcategories, such as curriculum, research, purchasing and public engagement.
"The Pennsylvania State University is very pleased to be among the Charter Participants in AASHE STARS. Sustainability is an integral part of Penn State''s mission as a global leader in teaching, research and service," said Penn State President Graham Spanier.
"We recognize that sustainability represents one of the nation''s most pressing issues, and higher education can play a unique role in modeling solutions and producing graduates who can lead society in this new direction," Spainer added.
STARS participation also gave the university''s STARS Steering Committee an opportunity to evaluate the level of sustainability initiatives Penn State offers to students through academic programs, research and co-curricular learning, the release noted.
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