Yes, the university has direct involvement in, or input into, national government or regional nongovernmental organizations SDG policy development which includes identifying problems and challenges, developing policies and strategies, modelling likely futures with and without interventions, monitoring and reporting on interventions, and enabling adaptive management.

Penn State is a member of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) which promotes integrated approaches to implement the SDGs through education, research, policy analysis and global cooperation. SDSN members work closely with businesses and governments, particularly around the development and scaling up of new solutions. 

Penn State faculty conduct research and provide expertise that informs policy development. Penn State’s Earth System Science Center uses climate system models to understand the climate system and develop modeling tools to serve Penn State and the broader community.  

Penn State’s Center for Energy Law and Policy provides a hub for interdisciplinary research around pressing energy issues where technology, social and legal frameworks are ingredients to successful policy design implementation. It brings together scholars to explore how energy research might be used to inform regulatory approaches.