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A MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT AMY GUTMANN

Meeting on College Green takes on a whole new meaning these days for the Red and the Blue. Environmental sustainability is a defining issue of the 21st century. Higher education can play a leadership role in addressing global climate change.

In 2007, the University of Pennsylvania’s President Amy Gutmann signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).  This pledge committed Penn to developing plans for significant reduction of its emissions of climate-altering greenhouse gases. 

THE PRESIDENTS' CLIMATE COMMITMENT

Penn President Amy Gutmann was the first Ivy League President to sign the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).

Meet the team behind sustainability initiatives at Penn including Environmental Sustainability Director Dan Garofalo, Sustainability Strategic Planning Associate Sarah Fisher, Sustainability Student Outreach Associate Julian Goresko, and Sustainability Consultant Andrea Kreiner.

Our interns currently include (alpha) Sara Allan, Danielle Gambogi, Berenice Leung, Bailey Rowland, JoAna Smith and Emily Wei.

Penn's Sustainability team offers internship positions to motivated undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate commitment to the University's Climate Action Plan.

Fact

The operation of buildings contributes to 30-40% of total global energy use.