OUR MISSION is to create the conditions for policy innovation that support a just and efficient transition to sustainable energy.


Our vision is an equitable energy system that optimizes productivity through smart demand, sustainable supply, and compensated externalities.


The Kleinman Center focuses on projects that:

Foster thoughtful and impactful energy-related research.

We support Penn research through a variety of programs and bring distinguished and diverse energy leaders and scholars to Penn for visits and residencies.

Develop the next generation of energy leaders.

We encourage students from across disciplines to participate in energy-related courses, a certificate program, lectures, internships, seminars, and grants for research and professional development. We make every effort to connect all students with the resources they need to succeed.

Create conditions for energy policy stakeholders to explore options and develop agendas.

We convene thought leaders with diverse backgrounds and interests in settings that foster productive conversations and action.


Our research agenda is a key to our identity—it guides our projects, events, courses, and written work. We support research that:

  • is timely;
  • attracts and engages critical stakeholders;
  • is informed or impacted by the work of the University;
  • builds a diverse portfolio—geographically or by energy sector.


The Kleinman Center was established in July 2014 with a generous $10 million gift to the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design from Scott (C'94 and W'94) and Wendy Kleinman. The Center is housed in Penn's historic Fisher Fine Arts Library and offers world-class teaching and event space, offices for visiting scholars and thought leaders, and research facilities for staff and students.


Learn more about our mission and our inaugural Carnot Prize event:

Read more about the Carnot Prize.