Penn’s vision for a sustainable future stretches far into the past. Penn has long championed a clear vision for environmental stewardship and social responsibility. Our commitment to sustainability can be traced back to key milestones, such as having the first Ivy League President sign the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in 2007 and developing our first climate action plan in 2009.
This dedication follows through to today. We continue to forge new paths by actively engaging with other universities and institutions, fostering collaborations that amplify our collective impact. As we move forward, our goals remain clear and transparent, guided by the CSAP.
Penn's Green Campus Partnership Overview
Dan Garofalo, Penn's first Director of Sustainability, describes the University's overall environmental sustainability planning in this Fall 2013 video.
Message from Dr. Amy Gutmann
“Penn is proud to be an environmental leader among American colleges and universities. Our new Climate Action Plan outlines the next bold steps we will take to further reduce our carbon footprint, including strategies to promote recycling, increase energy efficiency and apply innovative design and construction methods. The health of our planet depends on our actions, and Penn is committed to leading higher education’s green revolution into the future.”