Ensuring a Sustainable Future

Penn State will confront directly and assertively the global challenges of climate change and sustainability in all their complexity—from feeding a growing population to preserving Earth’s resources to ensuring energy security. As an institution of higher learning and research, Penn State has a responsibility to embody and communicate an evidence-based worldview that allows all of us to prosper, both now and in the future. Penn State must lead by example and help our students—who are tomorrow’s leaders—to promote sustainability and become advocates for change. Penn State already has vast interdisciplinary talent in areas relating to climate change, sustainability, and environmental stewardship, and we have the scale and reach to effect meaningful, measurable change. Our staunch support of sustainability and environmental protections reflects how these have emerged as priorities among students, faculty, staff, alumni, private donors, research organizations, and legislators. Nevertheless, we must—even more comprehensively and cohesively—integrate sustainability into our research, teaching, outreach, and operations, as well as lead with innovative and aggressive programs institutionally to reduce our impact on the environment.