Penn State Scores Well in Sustainability Report

The Forestry Resources Building is a LEED Certified building.

A new study released by the Sustainability Endowments Institute has given Penn State a B+ grade for campus and endowment sustainability activities. This score is up from the B given to the University last year. The annual study takes the 300 colleges and universities in the United States that have the largest endowments and assigns them a letter grade in 9 categories.

Penn State scored well compared to the other Big Ten schools. Two Big Ten schools received A grades (Minnesota and Wisconsin), while 3 schools received B+ grades (Penn State, Michigan State, and Ohio State). Northwestern and Iowa brought up the rear, receiving C+ and C- grades, respectively.

Here’s how Penn State scored in all 9 categories:

  • Administration – A
  • Climate Change and Energy – A
  • Food and Recycling – A
  • Green Building – A
  • Student Involvement – B
  • Transportation – B
  • Endowment Transparency – C
  • Investment Priorities – A
  • Shareholder Engagement – D

For more information about how Penn State scored, check out the full report.

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Chase Tralka is a Senior majoring in Information Sciences and Technology with a minor in Security and Risk Analysis. He is from Northern New Jersey and is involved in far too many organizations to list here. He enjoys photography, cycling, and listening to obscure free jazz music.


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