Compost Tea

Penn treats the campus soil, grass, and plants with compost tea -- an organic alternative to chemical fertilizers

Our Commitment

A Message from President Amy Gutmann

I am pleased to present the University of Pennsylvania’s Climate Action Plan 2.0, our roadmap for environmental sustainability. Drawing from the successes and lessons of the last five years, Climate Action Plan 2.0 sets challenging new standards for campus performance, expands educational opportunities for students, and provides enriched support for faculty research, teaching, and collaboration.

Amy GutmannWhen I signed the Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2007, we set in motion university-wide efforts to build on Penn’s strengths, identify opportunities for progress, and bring together passionate students, faculty, and staff to develop environmental strategies that will impact our local community, our nation, and the world. The Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee (ESAC) produced Penn’s first Climate Action Plan in 2009 and set ambitious goals for achievement by 2014. The 

Committee dedicated itself and the University community to the highest ambitions of performance and transparency, in the areas of academics, utilities and operations, physical environment, transportation, waste minimization, and engagement.

The dedicated students, faculty, and staff of Penn’s ESAC subcommittees reviewed our progress and wrote the goals set forth in this new blueprint for environmental excellence. Penn’s Climate Action Plan 2.0 represents Penn’s considerable expertise across a variety of disciplines and anticipates the demands of the next five years. We look forward to continued engagement across campus in making Penn a model of environmental academics and stewardship. The future of our University, and beyond, depends on it.

Amy Gutmann
Penn President



By installing water filtration machines and stopping bottled water purchases, Penn has saved tens of thousands of dollars.