Our Plan

About the Climate Action Plan

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 Climate Action Plan lays out the strategies that will be adopted by the University of Pennsylvania to achieve these goals, as well as the means to track and communicate progress to the Penn community and external audiences.

The Climate Action Plan responds to the aspirations of the ACUPCC by providing the summary of Penn’s current sustainability efforts and the framework for future goals and initiatives. By posting this document online, Penn is publicly committing to meeting our goals, and to making our inventory, goals, and progress reports publicly available.

The Climate Action Plan was informed by of the comprehensive study of environmental campus operations performed by the T.C. Chan Center for Building Simulation and Energy Studies in collaboration with the Division of Facilities and Real Estate Services.

CLIMATE ACTION PLAN 2.0 -- 2019 AND BEYOND

In the Fall of 2014, the ESAC Subcommittees and Penn's Sustainability Office are busy assembling recommendations for a Climate Action Plan 2.0, Penn's roadmap for environmental improvement on campus to 2019, and beyond. Details will be available in October 2014.

2011 University of Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan Progress Report

Executive Summary

Complete Document

The 2011 University of Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan Progress Report was submitted to the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment on January 13, 2012. The report is an overview of the implementation to date of the University's Climate Action Plan, submitted in fulfillment of ACUPCC requirements.

DOWNLOAD THE ENTIRE 2011 CLIMATE ACTION PLAN PROGRESS REPORT (PDF)

2009 University of Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan

Executive Summary

Executive Summary

Executive Summary is a 17-page document that summarizes the Climate Action Plan.

 

DOWNLOAD THE ENTIRE 2009 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (PDF)

Complete Document

The Climate Action Plan is a 120-page document in its entirety and was submitted to the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment on September 15, 2009.

DOWNLOAD THE ENTIRE 2009 CLIMATE ACTION PLAN (PDF)

 

Fact

UCGreen has planted over 2000 trees since its establishment in 1998.