Global Impact


The impact of changing social, technological and natural systems on the human condition.


The interdependence of local, national and international economies and their effects on the world's citizens.

Life Quality

Enabling higher education and research to promote an equitable and secure global society.


Ensuring a sustainable future is an underlying foundation of the University’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan. Stewarding our Planet’s Resources—with a focus on the water-energy-food nexus is also one of the plan's five thematic priorities. Consequently, Sustainability education and research takes place across the spectrum of the university. Some of this is coordinated through the Penn State Institutes of Energy and Environment and the Sustainability Institute where students can also obtain a minor in sustainability leadership.