graphic displaying 13% decrease in carbon emissions on Penn's Campus

Progress In Reducing Carbon Emissions

CAP 2.0 Goal: Achieve Total Carbon Reduction in Buildings (absolute)

  • 7% reduction by 2019 in comparison to the FY14 baseline
  • 18% reduction by 2042 in comparison to the FY14 baseline

2017 Annual Report Progress:

Carbon emissions from campus buildings decreased by over 13 percent since the 2014 baseline.


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About Penn Sustainability

Penn Sustainability is a University-wide initiative to advance environmental sustainability at the University of Pennsylvania, and coordinate programs to develop a more sustainable campus.

Penn Green Campus Partnership (2007-2018) was the umbrella organization that was formed in 2007 to address environmental sustainability planning and policy development at the University of Pennsylvania and to coordinate programs and initiatives for a more sustainable campus.

Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee

President Amy Gutmann's signing of the Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2007 charged Penn to develop a strategic plan outlining the University’s goals for carbon reduction. To carry out this mission the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee (ESAC) was formed.

The Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee is a cross-campus collaboration that includes a representative group of faculty, staff, and students who advise the President on environmental sustainability issues. ESAC subcommittees developed recommendations for short- and long-term actions to address the Commitment’s requirements. These recommendations now serve as the backbone of Penn’s Climate Action Plan 2.0. There are six ESAC Subcommittees: Utilities & Operations, Physical Environment, Waste & Recycling, Purchasing, Transportation, and Academics. 



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