Initiatives

Climate change poses an existential threat to humans. Climate affects everything including weather, agriculture, health, economy, travel, supply chains and will have intergenerational impacts. Everyday we are experiencing the impacts of climate change in some part of the world. Now is the time to act. Large institutions like Penn State University face choices about how we respond climate change: choices related to energy, preparedness, research, curriculum, co-curricular engagement, and community outreach across the Commonwealth.

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Our Footprint

Energy use is the largest driver of Penn State’s greenhouse gas emissions and it costs over $20 million annually to provide heat, air conditioning, electricity and hot water to our buildings and fuel for our vehicle fleet that make our daily work possible and comfortable. The University has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 32 percent since 2005 through energy efficiency, installing equipment for Combined Heat and Power, awareness programs, investment in renewable energy and switching to more fuel efficient vehicles.

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