Penn’s Year of Water springs from Climate Action Plan

Water flows all around us. It makes up about 60 percent of our bodies. We need to drink it to survive. We need it, too, to keep our living spaces clean and to carry away our waste. Globally, sources of clean water are drying up, and what society must do to conserve and preserve this resource serves as Penn’s academic theme for 2010-11. Organizers of the Year of Water had only to look to the University’s own sustainability commitment for inspiration.

In 2007, Penn President Amy Gutmann signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, pledging that the University would promote a sustainable culture and implement environmentally conscious policies. An Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee (ESAC) was established to develop a road map to achieve these goals, resulting in the Climate Action Plan.

Incorporating academics into the Climate Action Plan led to the idea of dedicating an entire year of programming to issues regarding water. Throughout the year, activities will inform, challenge and encourage thoughtful analyses  of water and associated problems inside and outside the classroom.

Check here for complete information on Penn’s Year of Water.