Pursuing Reciprocity in Engaged Scholarship Partnerships Using Community Sustainability Certification Programs

Elyzabeth W. Engle, Michele W. Halsell


In recent years, there has been a proliferation of sustainability certification programs at the local, state, and national level to highlight the use of policies, programs, and infrastructure to achieve sustainable development outcomes within communities. In this paper, we use examples from Penn State’s Sustainable Communities Collaborative to demonstrate how institutions with community-engaged scholarship programs can use these certification programs to enhance program operation and reciprocity by identifying projects, engaging new disciplines, and improving relevance.


Higher Education; Sustainability Indicators; Sustainable Development; Community Engagement; Service Learning

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