Our Plan

Penn's Climate Action Plan 2.0

Since the 2009 launch of the University’s first Climate Action Plan, Penn can look back on a remarkable array of accomplishments, and forward to a path of continual improvement in its environmental performance. Upon becoming the first Ivy League signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, the University began the process of creating and executing a vision of sustainability at Penn. The Climate Action Plan set concrete goals for environmental progress and began the process of integrating sustainability into coursework, community outreach, and campus planning, design and operations.

Developing a second plan in 2014 presented an opportunity to build on the initial successes, institutionalize changes that occurred over the first five years, and frame new goals and strategies. One of the most ambitious elements of Climate Action Plan 2.0 was to carry out carbon inventories for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, the Morris Arboretum, the New Bolton Center, and the University’s leased space and real estate portfolio.

Climate Action Plan 2.0 (2014-2019)

The recommendations of the Climate Action Plan 2.0 were developed over the 2013/2014 academic year by subcommittees of the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee (ESAC), with input from staff, faculty, and students. These recommendations were presented in April 2014 to the ESAC, chaired by Penn Facilities VP Anne Papageorge, and briefings were provided to Craig Carnaroli, Penn’s Executive Vice President, Provost Vincent Price, and President Gutmann.  The plan was formally accepted by President Gutmann in October, 2014.

The Climate Action Plan 2.0 is organized around the following topic areas, with each section including a Mission, Five-Year Summary, and Recommendations.

  • Academics
  • Utilities & Operations
  • Physical Environment
  • Transportation
  • Waste Minimization & Recycling
  • Purchasing
  • Outreach & Engagement