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Academics in Climate Action Plan 2.0: Update

November 12, 2015

Academics is one of the seven main areas of concentration of Penn’s Climate Action Plan, a roadmap for the University’s sustainable future launched in 2009 and updated in fall 2014. Working toward making Penn a model of environmental academics and stewardship, the following is a summary of achievements since the launch of Climate Action Plan 2.0 last year:

  1. In summer 2015,the fourth year of the Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum program, six faculty participants and three summer undergraduate research assistants worked together to incorporate sustainability themes into courses from Chemistry, Historic Preservation, Wharton, Organizational Dynamics, and History. A case study analysis of the program will be published in the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education in 2015/2016.
  2. Two Faculty Discussions were hosted by the Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships, where they discussed the following:
    1. What types of thinking and skills do we want students to develop in courses on sustainability? 
    2. How can we incorporate sustainability into syllabi?
  3. Penn Program in Environmental Humanities was established in 2014 with seed funding from the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee (ESAC) Academics Subcommittee. Five undergraduates were selected to be a part of the first cohort of the program.
  4. Seven students were awarded Climate Action Research grants in summer 2015. These grants are made possible through a partnership of the Green Campus Partnership and CURF. A luncheon in November 2015 is scheduled for students to present their research projects and connect with other former research grant recipients.

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