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September 29, 2009, Volume 56, No. 05

Meeting on College Green Takes on a Whole New Meaning These Days for the Red and the Blue

Environmental sustainability is a defining issue of the 21st century. Higher education can play a leadership role in addressing global climate change. Through its research, teaching, and operational practices, Penn is dedicated to promoting a sustainable culture and implementing environmentally-conscious policies. I signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2007 and pledged that Penn would develop plans to reduce our emissions of greenhouse gases. Our renewable energy purchases and our efficient operations have allowed us to exceed the Kyoto Protocol carbon reduction targets. Our Plan represents a new approach to how we think and behave. I am pleased to share with you this summary of our strategies, and I invite you to visit the Green Campus Partnership website.

Please join in our efforts to foster a more sustainable University community that raises environmental awareness and contributes to a healthier planet.

Amy Gutmann 

––Amy Gutmann, President

Penn Climate Action Plan Kickoff

EVP Craig Carnaroli, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator Dan Garofalo, Provost Vincent Price, President Amy Gutmann, GAPSA Chair Corbett Brown, Vice President for Facilities and Real Estate Services Anne Papageorge and UA Chair Alec Webley at the September 16 kick-off event for the launch of the Climate Action Plan which was spurred by President Gutmann’s signing of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment Pledge in 2007.

Related: Climate Action Plan: Executive Summary; Acknowledgements; Message from Anne Papageorge

Almanac - September 29, 2009, Volume 56, No. 05