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Climate Action

Energy usage is the largest contributor to Penn State’s emissions profile. Our primary environmental focus is on the reduction of energy consumption through increased efficiency, conservation, and awareness as well as programs in sectors other than energy. The University is currently implementing a $60 million 5 year investment in energy efficiency and conservation initiatives.

Penn State has reduced its campus greenhouse gas emissions by 32% since 2005. Our goal is 35% by 2020. 

The 18% reduction was based on a foundation of energy conservation but was supplemented with the purchase of renewable energy credits. The new goal of a 35% reduction by 2020 will continue to be anchored with conservation efforts, but will be supplemented with an increased level of combined heat and power (CHP), low-carbon energy production, and hydropower. The strategy for 2020 and beyond will further integrate and increase the use of the suite of renewable technologies continually developing.