Institute for Sustainable Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Science

An interdisciplinary, science-to-practice platform to study landscape-level challenges

The Institute for Sustainable Agricultural, Food, & Environmental Science (SAFES) is envisioned as the College of Agricultural Sciences interdisciplinary research institute formally affiliated with Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment. From watersheds to forests to crops and animal facilities, the institute's research will emphasize the productivity, resilience, and regeneration of agricultural and natural landscapes as solutions to some of the most vexing problems confronting Pennsylvania as well as landscapes worldwide.

SAFES is built on a framework of the science of agricultural sustainability, defined as the integration of natural and social sciences to inform practice and policy for productive, working landscapes, healthy watersheds, and resilient communities.

Read the SAFES Blueprint for a Re-imagined College of Agricultural Sciences Institute.


To provide a synthesizing science-to-practice platform for a collaborative community of researchers and stakeholders in discovering responsible and sustainable policy options, business management solutions, and best practices.

An integrated platform to develop decision support and policy innovations

SAFES will integrate efforts across the college and university to allow researchers to more effectively collect large sets of empirical data at the scale of landscape experiments, analyze and create predictive models, and discover and share sustainable policy options, business management solutions, and best practices that impact food security, environmental protection, and the prosperity and amenities of communities.

SAFES Integrated Platform

Office for Research and Graduate Education


217 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802-2600