Environment at Penn

Challenges such as loss of biodiversity, our changing climate, and the resulting vulnerability of people and communities require multifaceted solutions. The Environmental Innovations Initiative works with key partners throughout the University to convene, enable, spotlight, and grow the work being done at Penn. The resources included here reflect the leadership, teaching, research, and service of these partners.

Academic Climate Commitments

Academic inquiry at Penn is spread across its 12 Schools, four of which offer undergraduate degrees and all of which offer graduate degrees. While each of these Schools is dedicated to specific disciplines, there is a shared commitment to collaboration, impact, and the integration of knowledge across the disciplines. The Environmental Innovations Initiative collaborated with the leadership of each of Penn’s 12 Schools to issue a set of distinct “climate action statements" that reflect the scholarly priorities of each school, identify opportunities for advocacy within industries and communities, and draw connections between the School’s activities and Penn’s commitment to be carbon neutral by 2042. Launched during Penn Climate Week 2022, each of these public-facing commitments has its own priorities, commitments, and even formatting. These unique elements are essential to establishing statements that are authentic to the strategic vision of the School while advancing a united sense of purpose for Penn’s teaching, research, and service.

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Centers, Institutes, & Offices

Penn is home to hundreds of specialized centers and institutes, as well as myriad offices and initiatives that support environmentally-related research, experiences, and service. Explore a curated list of these  programs for a glimpse into the breadth of offerings at Penn.

Explore Penn Environmental Centers & Initiatives

Student researcher studying innovative fuel cells, Credit Eric Sucar
Humans and the Earth System Class
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Course Inventory

Browse our curated collection of environment-related courses available to undergraduate and graduate students at Penn. 

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Degrees & Concentrations

Explore Penn’s environment-related degrees, including majors, concentrations, minors, certificates, and professional and graduate degrees.

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