Event Details


Penn State continues to make positive impacts on the climate, from research and academics to operations and application. In an effort to continue this growth and explore opportunities to unify and strengthen climate work at the University, please join other Penn State climate academics and researchers to build and unify our climate community to further mitigate the climate crisis.

This event will organize around three climate pillars:

  • Mitigation: What efforts exist to reduce or prevent the emission of greenhouse gases?
  • Resilience: From local to global, where can we absorb the stresses of climate change or adapt, reorganize, and evolve?
  • Impacts: What are the biggest impacts of climate change on ecosystems and human societies?

Within each of those pillars, we will explore five topics:

  • Convergent Research Opportunities (Thematic): Where do climate researchers have opportunities to align their efforts?
  • Current Penn State Assets: What is available at Penn State to continue work in climate mitigation, resilience, and impact?
  • Barriers to Action: What, if anything, hinders your ability to further your climate work?
  • Recommendations: What do you see as opportunities for climate work at Penn State?
  • Exemplar Success Stories: Where have you seen climate work shine?


Climate Community at Penn State

There are currently at least 300 Penn State researchers working on some facet of climate science. That does not include the many professionals who are responsible for applying their knowledge in operations.

Nearly every college and campus at Penn State has individuals focused on climate solutions and or education.

Penn State has more than twenty organized efforts focusing on climate. Moreover, the Stewarding Our Planet’s Resources Steering Committee has identified climate action as key priority that will continue.

In 2020, Penn State was ranked 35th in the world and fifth in the U.S. on the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings. These global performance rankingas assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

In 2019, Project Drawdown partnered with Penn State to hold the first international conference on Drawdown — Research to Action: The Science of Drawdown.