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Our Plan

Our Climate Action Plan 2.0

Five years since the launch of the University’s first Climate Action Plan, Penn looks back on a remarkable and steadily deepening array of accomplishments, and forward to a path of continual improvement in its ecological performance. In 2007, as the first Ivy League signatory to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, the University began the process of creating and executing a vision of environmental sustainability at Penn. 

In 2009, the launch of the Climate Action Plan set concrete goals and began the formal process of integrating sustainability into coursework, community, campus planning and design, and campus operations. Significant progress has been made and accelerating momentum established.

Developing a new five year plan, Climate Action Plan 2.0, is an exciting opportunity that builds on such sucesses, institutionalizes organic change, and uses the experience learned from past challenges to better frame new goals and strategies. One of the most ambitious elements of Climate Action Plan 2.0 is the expansion of the Plan’s geography, from the core academic campus, to more fully capture the range of environmental leadership across the University’s entire built assets. By including the University of Pennsylvania Health System, the Morris Arboretum, the New Bolton Center, and the University’s leased space and real estate portfolio, Climate Action Plan 2.0 reflects an expanded approach to environmental stewardship, and highlights important work accomplished, underway, and planned for the future.

Climate Action Plan 2009-2014

The recommendations included throughout Climate Action Plan 2.0 were formalized by the respective Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee (ESAC) Subcommittees, building upon five years of collective experience implementing the initial plan. ESAC Subcommittees are organized by topic area: Academics, Utilities & Operations, Physical Environment, Transportation, Waste Minimization & Recycling, and Outreach & Engagement.

The Climate Action Plan 2.0 document is organized by the above subcommittee initiatives, with each section including a Mission, Five Year Summary, and Recommendations. 

Introduction by Penn President Amy Gutmann to Climate Action Plan 2.0 (PDF)

Executive Summary -- Climate Action Plan 2.0 (PDF)

Full Document -- Climate Action Plan 2.0 (PDF)