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Our Goals – Utilities & Operations

Reduce Penn’s building-related carbon emissions by 40% by 2020 (2009=baseline year)

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Initiatives

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Over the next five years, Penn faculty will continue to make sustainability scholarship a priority by expanding and strengthening existing academic programs, identifying opportunities for collaboration, and increasing access for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to cutting edge research and policy analysis.

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The University of Pennsylvania has committed to the goal of achieving 100% carbon neutrality by 2042, a goal we call 100 x 42. The Operations and Maintenance Department, within FRES, works with the ESAC Utilities and Operations Subcommittee to identify and execute funded projects that meet this goal.

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The Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0 advances Penn’s holistic approach to a sustainable campus by addressing design, construction, and maintenance of our 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 CSAP3.0 goals. 

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Penn Transit’s sustainability initiatives will continue to transition from focusing primarily on reducing single-occupancy vehicles to a more holistic approach to transportation.

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Penn Purchasing will continue its efforts, in collaboration with School and Center partners, to reduce packaging and shipping waste and increase the number of environmentally friendly products brought to campus.

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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.