Penn Climate Resources
University Opportunities and Resources in Sustainability and Climate:
Learning Sustainability and the Penn Climate Action Plan:
The University of Pennsylvania’s Climate Action Plan is a comprehensive effort to reduce the institution’s environmental footprint and promote awareness and education concerning sustainability issues. A significant theme of the Climate Action Plan is dedicated to Learning Sustainability–the ongoing effort to make the university a forum for discussion and for the education of the Penn community on environmental issues and solutions. In the years since the initiative’s launch, a growing number of academic and research opportunities from degree programs to research initiatives have become available to undergraduates, research and professional students, and faculty. The University of Pennsylvania is now home to dozens of programs across its various schools and disciplines that are dedicated to promoting the Climate Action Plan’s mission.
The Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership:
The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania is the home of the Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, a resource intended to promote sustainable practices in business as well as environmental research, education, and outreach among the academic, corporate, legal, and government communities. The IGEL serves as a forum for discussion, hosting various seminar series, conferences, and research efforts intended to advance the frontier of sustainable business. The IGEL also works closely with MBA and undergraduate students and provides career guidance, research funding and advising, as well as internship and networking resources.
Sustainability Efforts at Penn
In association with the Climate Action Plan, the University of Pennsylvania works closely with a number of valuable Sustainability Partners to implement and pursue the goals set by the university’s leadership. Including organizations ranging from a coalition of student groups to dedicated academic and administrative offices devoted to promoting positive change, these partners form an essential wing of the institution’s efforts to pursue a more sustainable future.
Graduate and PhD Degree Programs:
The University of Pennsylvania offers several degree programs for graduate students interested in either research or professional study in the field of earth and environmental science.
The Department of Earth and Environmental Science grants doctoral degrees in association with its establishedPhD Program. Faculty members at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences are seeking qualified PhD candidates with an interest in research areas currently being pursued by groups at the university.
The College of Liberal and Professional Studies also offers theMaster of Environmental Studies (MES) as well as the Master of Science in Applied Geosciences (MSAG) degrees through the Department of Earth and Environmental Science. Drawing on the strength and interdisciplinary nature of the academic community, students in both programs work with faculty advisors to build a program of study focused around their interests and future career goals. Both full-time and part-time options for study are available.
University of Pennsylvania Climate Faculty Working Group:
The Climate Change Faculty Working Group at the University of Pennsylvania strives to integrate knowledge of human and environmental responses to climate change from across the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) and other schools. Faculty members at the university whose interests are related to “Responses, Risks, and Adaptation to Climate Change” work to organize and coordinate efforts to raise the profile of climate research at Penn, unite teaching activities with a relevance to climate, and facilitate interdisciplinary research.
University of Pennsylvania Student Groups and Organizations:
The University of Pennsylvania is home to a strong, vibrant community of student organizations dedicated to spreading awareness of environmental issues and to the promotion of sustainable living and environmentally-friendly practices. Organized under the umbrella of the Student Sustainability Association at Penn (SSAP), these 20+ groups are fully student-run and form the heart of undergraduate and graduate environmental activities. A full list of student organizations complete with links to the individual groups is available from the Penn Green Campus Partnership’s SSAP website above.