- Climate Action
Penn State has a global reach that is focused on all aspects of climate change. We have signed the "We Are Still In" pledge to continue meeting the United States' responsibilities under the Paris Climate Accord. We are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions at all of our campuses. Penn State has a greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal of 35% below a 2005 baseline by 2020.
- 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. We have committed to a 20% reduction in building energy intensity by 2024 via the Department of Energy's Better Building Challenge. 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. The University is also focusing on renewables with an on-site 2 megawatt solar project at University Park and a large 70 megawatt solar power purchase agreement.
"Sustainability has become a very defining leadership competency for our students going forward. We've made a commitment that every single one of our students, every single one will go out with sustainability embedded into their DNA."