Get resources to support your energy-related research, find organizations on campus working on energy issues, and stay current on UNFCCC updates for the Penn community.
Through Penn Libraries, the Penn community has access to vital academic and professional resources related to energy and energy policy, including books, news services, databases and scholarly journals, government and industry reports, and more. Many of these resources can be found in the Library’s Energy Industry Guide (https://guides.library.upenn.edu/energy).
The Kleinman Center, in conjunction with Penn Libraries, has helped expand the energy policy resources available to the University, including the following two essential news and research services.
E&E News is a subscription news service that provides comprehensive daily reporting and analysis of the most relevant regional, national and international energy and environmental policy issues across the political, regulatory, scientific, and industry spectrum. Digital access is available while on campus or remotely with PennKey through this link (http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/92674)
Daily email alerts are also available for all of E&E News services. Sign up here (https://www.eenews.net/get_access?site_link=1) with your Penn email.
SNL Energy, a product of S&P Global, is a comprehensive resource for data on U.S. and Canadian power plants, energy companies, coal mines, and gas pipelines. Use it to find detailed financials, filings, supply and demand fundamentals, emissions data, hourly market pricing, electricity rates, and more. Consult the daily, weekly, and monthly newsletters to stay current on various segments of the energy industry.
To begin, register for an account and download the Excel add-in needed to pull data from SNL Energy. It is available under Apps on the SNL website. Open Excel and use the DataWizard embedded in the Excel Add-In to access years of historical data about companies, assets, and markets.
Access SNL Energy (http://pwp.library.upenn.edu.proxy.library.upenn.edu/loggedin/pwp/pw-snl.html)
The University of Pennsylvania is home to 142 research organizations, housed in and amongst its twelve schools. These centers, institutes, programs and laboratories provide resources for students, faculty, and others, seeking energy related information or opportunities. The following organizations support energy-related education and research.
Weitzman School of Design
The Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology
In the spirit of Ian McHarg’s renowned philosophy for “Designing with Nature”, The Center’s mission is to build on the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design’s position as a global leader in urban ecological design by bringing environmental and social scientists together with planners, designers, policy-makers, and communities to develop practical, innovative ways of improving the quality of life in the places most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
PennPraxis supports design action and thought leadership to advance inclusion, innovation, and impact in communities that design doesn’t typically serve. Praxis does projects that demonstrate the power of interdisciplinary design, art, planning, and heritage preservation to respond to the major challenges of the built and natural environments, and the communities that inhabit them. Our projects strengthen the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design as a school focused on high social impact design. We create opportunities “beyond the market” to help our students develop agency in the world, and we cultivate diversity among the next generation of leaders.
The Center for Environmental Building & Design
The Center for Environmental Building and Design is a faculty research unit at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design dedicated to improving the environmental future of contemporary buildings and cities. The challenges of environmental design occur at multiple, interacting scales and can only be approached systemically, so the CEBD works in interdisciplinary teams on projects at a range of scales.
Perry World House
Perry World House is a center for scholarly inquiry, teaching, research, international exchange, policy engagement, and public outreach on pressing global issues. Perry World House’s mission is to bring the academic knowledge of the University of Pennsylvania to bear on some of the world’s most pressing global policy challenges, and to foster international policy engagement within and beyond the Penn community.
Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center
The Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, established in 1985, is a research center affiliated with the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Engaging students and faculty throughout the University in collaborations, research projects, and other partnerships, the Center is recognized worldwide as a leader in risk-related research and policy analysis. The Risk Center also serves as a bridge between scholars at Penn and organizations and decision-makers in the public and private sectors.
Penn Program on Regulation
The Penn Program on Regulation (PPR) brings rigorous, balanced analysis from multiple disciplines to bear on important regulatory policy problems and alternative strategies to solve them, as well as on the processes of making and implementing regulation.
Penn Institute for Urban Research
The Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) is dedicated to advancing cross-disciplinary urban-focused research, instruction, and civic engagement on issues relevant to cities around the world. As the global population becomes increasingly urban, understanding cities is vital to informed decision-making and public policy at the local, national, and international levels.
The Vagelos Institute for Energy Science and Technology
The Vagelos Institute for Energy Science and Technology was established in 2016 through the generosity of Roy and Diana Vagelos with the vision to make Penn home to one of the premier energy research and technology centers in the nation. In alignment with the Penn School of Arts and Sciences strategic theme of Energy, Sustainability, and the Environment, the Institute brings together the world-class scientists from around the Penn campus to address the challenge of providing the energy that society needs in a way that respects the rights and interests of future generations.
Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER)
The Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER) at the University of Pennsylvania is designed to prepare highly talented and motivated students to advance sustainable energy science and technology through interdisciplinary approaches and immersive experiences in cutting edge research, positioning them to become the next generation of energy leaders and innovators.
Penn Program in Environmental Humanities
Founded in 2014, the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH) fosters interdisciplinary environmental collaboration and scholarship at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, and beyond. PPEH’s four core commitments include: broadly interdisciplinary, collaborative research on the environment across the arts and sciences; arts-driven inquiry into place, particularly our campus and the City of Philadelphia as well as urban ecology in other global contexts; public engagement, particularly in and with environmental justice communities and concerns; the creation and growth of living archives via practices of urgent collection
Penn Office of Sustainability
Penn Sustainability, housed in Facilities and Real Estate Services, is a University-wide initiative to advance environmental sustainability at the University of Pennsylvania, and coordinate programs to develop a more sustainable campus.
Since 2019 the University of Pennsylvania has been an official observer to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). As the leading body on campus, the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy serves as the key focal point for all UNFCCC news and meeting information.
Due to the pandemic, COP 26 has been postponed until November 1-12, 2021. In the meantime, the UNFCCC is still taking urgent action and holding a series of virtual regional and multi-lateral meetings.
UNFCCC / COP News
- Overview of UNFCCC activities planned for April 2021 (April 14, 2021)
- CPD Letter to all Parties (April 13, 2021)
- The SBSTA and SBI Chairs are pleased to invite United Nations organizations and admitted observer organizations to follow the informal consultations on the Koronivia joint work on agriculture, to be convened virtually on Tuesday, 13 April 2021, from 14:00 to 15:30 CEST. The consultations may be followed via broadcast from this link. (April 5, 2021)
- **This event has been postponed. The secretariat refers to the information note circulated on 15 March 2021 regarding the plans for informal activities of the COP 25 Presidency, COP 26 incoming Presidency and the Chairs of the SBSTA and the SBI. The SBI Chair is pleased to invite Parties to actively participate in informal consultations on matters relating to the least developed countries, to be convened virtually on Monday, 12 April 2021, from 13:00 to 14:30 CEST. United Nations organizations and admitted observer organizations will be able to attend the meeting via broadcast from this link. (March 30, 2021)
- Informal consultations on the matters related to the fourth review of the Adaptation Fund, originally planned to be convened on 31 March, has been postponed to 14 April, 22:00-23:30 CEST. This link should be used for attending this meeting as an observer. (March 26, 2021)
- Information Note from the UNFCCC secretariat regarding plans for informal activities of the COP 25 Presidency, COP 26 incoming Presidency and the Chairs of the SBSTA and the SBI (March 18, 2021)
- Event: Informal consultations on the Review of the Doha work programme on Article 6 of the Convention Wednesday, 31 March 2021, from 22:00 to 23:30 CET. United Nations organizations and admitted observer organizations will be able to attend the meeting via broadcast. (March 18, 2021)
- Event: Informal consultations on the matters related to the fourth review of the Adaptation Fund Wednesday, 24 March 2021, from 11:00 to 12:30 CET. Registration open until Tuesday, 23 March 2021, 19:00 CET. (March 18, 2021)
- Message to Parties and Observers: Outcomes of the meeting of the Bureau on 25 February 2021 (March 4, 2021)
- Applications are open for the 2021 Global Climate Action Award. (February 18, 2021)
- The UK has opened the process and opportunities for involvement via UK spaces for COP 26. Please see the website here and a downloadable resource here. The application period is now open and will close at 17:00 (GMT), 5 March 2021. The links to apply can be found on the website. (February 12, 2021)
- Guidelines for Virtual Participation in the Climate Dialouges (November 23, 2020)
- Presidency’s Open Dialogue Agenda (November 18, 2020)
- Registration for a general audience is now open. All participants who wish to access the virtual conference site once the Dialogues start, in order to be able to watch events, take part in online Q&As, network with other participants and visit exhibition booths, need to register here. Broadcasts will be accessible via the virtual conference site. Registration can be processed any time even shortly before the event starts or during the event. It is however recommended to register this week. (November 17, 2020)
- Virtual Participation Guide for the Climate Dialogues (November 17, 2020)
- EVENT: November 23, 2020 at 11:00AM— Briefing by the SB Chairs with Observers
- EVENT: November 4, 2020: at 11:00AM— Climate Dialouges. It will be broadcast to all observers here
- Call for Inputs by the Katowice Committee of Experts on the Impact of the Implementation of Response Measures (August 6, 2020)
- Invitation to the Online Platform on Sustainable and Resilient Recovery from COVID 19 (July 6, 2020)
- Message to Parties and Observers: Postponement of SBs 52 (June 22, 2020)
- Information Note: Call for Input to the SCF Forum (June 22, 2020)
- June Momentum Live Broadcast and Request for Questions (May 28, 2020)
- Information Regarding New Dates for COP 26 (May 28, 2020)
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