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The 2009 Climate Action Plan set a goal to make climate change and sustainability part of the curriculum and educational experience available to all Penn students. Since that time, the Penn Sustainability Office has initiated new programs, collaborated with the Office of the Provost, and expanded opportunities for research and internships all with a primary focus on students.

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An effective energy management and conservation strategy remains an integral component of Penn's Climate Action Plan 2.0, as decreasing or eliminating energy consumption is the most direct method of reducing the University’s carbon footprint.

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One of the world’s most attractive urban campuses, Penn is home to significant achievements in planning, landscape design, and architecture. The award-winning Penn Connects campus development plan is steering Penn’s commitment to a healthy built environment.

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Penn's Solid Waste Management Plan provides a prioritized list of initiatives to help the University in achieving the Climate Action Plan goals. 

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Penn’s Sustainable Transportation Initiative was launched in 2010 in support of the University’s Climate Action Plan’s goal of lowering the University’s carbon footprint. The focus of the Initiative is developing and expanding sustainable commuting options for members of the Penn community.

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Penn's Sustainable Purchasing Initiative seeks to increase the purchase of products with a reduced or minimal (ideally zero) environmental impact as compared to other similar products/services that serve the same purpose.

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The University affirmed its commitment to sustainable and local food by partnering with Bon Appétit Management Company to deliver Penn’s Dining program.