The Faculty Senate's Program for
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The Faculty Senate promotes open deliberation and discussion on important issues of our time. We invite participation by all.
Engagement with ideas of the moment lies at the heart of the Faculty Senate’s work. This year, the critical matter of climate change comes to the forefront. How can the various disciplines and forms of expertise at Penn, both within and without climate science, contribute to meeting the challenges of global warming?
Some initiatives have already gotten underway, and others will be introduced throughout the academic year. To get involved, please write the Senate office.
Centers at Penn whose work prominently focuses on Climate Change efforts include:
- Penn Program in Environmental Humanities
- Kleinman Center for Energy Policy
- Wharton Risk Management and Decision Process Center
- Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL)
- Penn Sustainability
- Student Sustainability Association at Penn
- Center for Environmental Building and Design
- The Water Center
- The McHarg Center
In response to a Your Big Idea crowdsourcing challenge, individuals from across the University submitted more than 400 ideas to enhance wellness at Penn.
Fourteen ideas were identified as finalists, and their creators "pitched" those ideas to the Penn community on Thursday, April 25, 2019.
Penn students, faculty, and staff, together with the greater Philadelphia community, convened 32 events across five days in March 2018 on "the production, dissemination, and use of knowledge." Events were free and open to the public at locations all around campus. This was Penn's first Teach-In since March 1969. A follow-up event was held in April 2019 at the Free Library of Philadelphia.