Penn Introduces Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0

Penn President Amy Gutmann was present for the official announcement of the University's Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0, on October 15, at a presentation in the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy. The CSAP is the University’s roadmap to environmental sustainability encourages greater academic participation, creative solutions to energy consumption, and expands community outreach.

CSAP 3.0 Goals
The CSAP 3.0 is the result of deliberative discussions stretching over 15 months that involved more than 150 students, faculty, and staff members working together as Penn’s Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee (ESAC). 

Academics
•    Support cross-disciplinary research and coordination of work among Schools and Academic Centers; a formal campus-as-lab initiative and expanded classroom and advanced study opportunities for students

Utilities & Operations
•    Reduce Penn’s building-related carbon emissions by 40% by 2024 (using 2009 as the baseline year); efforts will include expanded campus building maintenance processes

Physical Environment
•    Integrate best practices in occupant health and wellness to Penn’s building standards; continue to activate best ecological practices on our campus landscape

Waste Minimization & Recycling
•    Increase Penn’s overall waste diversion and minimize waste sent to landfill; continue to support our region’s waste goals

Purchasing
•    Make sustainable food products and prep processes a focus; expand sustainable office equipment and supplies purchasing practices

Transportation
•    Increase options for sustainable commuting through the enhanced availability of electric vehicle charging stations, secure bike parking, and public transportation commuting subsidies

Outreach & Engagement
•    Expand and strengthen outreach programs to reach further into student, staff and faculty populations, with the support of leadership across the University

 

Accomplishments to Date
Since the 2009 launch of the University’s first Climate Action Plan, and the 2014 recommitment to environmental sustainability, Penn can look back on a remarkable and steadily deepening array of accomplishments, and forward to a path of continual improvement in its ecological performance. 

Academics
•    More than 400 sustainability-related courses are now offered at Penn, and new fellowships and internships offer opportunities for students to work with researchers and leading area practitioners: Civic Sustainability Fellows, Penn Sustainability Research Grants, Alternative Spring Break, Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum summer program. There have been 8 new academic centers established across 5 Schools.

Utilities & Operations
•    As of FY19, Penn has reduced gross building-related carbon emissions by 14.8% compared to 2014. (10.7% reduction in total gross emission towards 2042 goal.) Net emissions, which include the purchase of steam offsets in FY19, result in a net reduction of building-related emissions by 29.6% (22.3% reduction in net total emissions toward 2042 goal.) (A glossary of terms will be available in the 3.0 Plan at sustainability.upenn.edu.)

Physical Environment
•    Advanced environmental building and landscape design by writing relevant renovation guidelines, improving ecological landscape stewardship, and meeting or exceeding LEED Silver minimum standards. As of FY19, Penn has more than 25 LEED certified buildings. Penn’s campus in West Philadelphia has earned Arboretum Level II designation.

Waste Minimization & Recycling
•    Thanks to an improved reporting system that tracks more than a dozen campus waste streams, data exists to develop partnerships that use best practices in waste management and continue improvements despite changes to the global recycling market. Penn’s total waste diversion rate now stands at 28%.

Purchasing
•    Efforts have resulted in the reduction of packaging waste on campus, recognized green purchasing efforts, and added sustainability language to contracts.

Transportation
•    The creation of a pedestrian and bike-friendly campus, and the support for commuting benefits, has resulted (FY19) in 48 percent of faculty and staff who participate in a commuter program commute sustainably by cycling, carpooling, or using mass transit.

Outreach & Engagement
•    Outreach programs — Power Down, Rethink Your Footprint, Green Fund — have built awareness and educated the campus community about energy savings, waste minimization, and the value of individual initiative, among others. As of FY19, 59 projects have received nearly $1.24M in seed funding from the Green Fund program.

 

View and download the full document on Penn Sustainability's website, sustainability.upenn.edu.

 

Last Updated: Thursday, November 7, 2019