- Climate Action
Penn State is taking the lead on addressing global climate change. Already we are on track to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 35% by 2020 and we have signed the "We Are Still In" pledge to continue meeting our responsibilities under the Paris Climate Accord.
- Green Buildings
The University has a growing number of LEED certified buildings that demonstrate our commitment to energy and resource efficiency. We also are a leader in sustainable building research.
- Living Labs
A Penn State education goes far beyond mastering classroom material. The University’s 30 million square feet of facilities provide a “living laboratory” for academic enhancement, research partnerships, and student engagement.
- Recycling and Composting
Penn State is committed to "closing the loop" on its solid waste through its recycling and composting programs.
The University is working to sustainably manage its growing transportation demands by switching to alternative fuels, reducing oil consumption, increasing the fuel efficiency of fleet vehicles, and encouraging the use of public transportation.
Penn State focuses on energy conservation and efficiency projects in building systems and utilities. The University has increased its use of combined heat and power (CHP) technology resulting in greater efficiency at the power plants and increased on-site electricity production. Penn State eliminated the use of coal. The University is also focusing on renewables with an on-site 2 megawatt solar project at University Park and the investigation of a large off-site solar power purchase agreement.
"We have to think about the whole planet…about the opportunities that we have and how we can make those available to other parts of the world, all in a sustainable way."