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 and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0. There are eight ESAC Subcommittees: Academics, Utilities & Operations, Physical Environment, Waste & Recycling, Purchasing, Transportation, Outreach & Engagement - Behavior Change, and Outreach & Engagement - Strategic Marketing & Communications. Please refer to this diagram for a full map of the ESAC subcommittees and working group structure.

If you are interested in joining one of our seven Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee (ESAC) Subcommittees, please contact us at