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 (

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

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 (

Daily email alerts are also available for all of E&E News services. Sign up here ( with your Penn email.

SNL Energy

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 (

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.

Across Campus

Clean Energy Conversions Lab

The Clean Energy Conversions Lab is a lab under the direction of Jennifer Wilcox, affiliated with the Kleinman Center and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The lab focus on carbon management. Their research can be divided into three enormous problems: How can we limit the atmospheric accumulation of carbon dioxide? What can we do with the carbon dioxide once it’s captured? And will it scale?

The Environmental Innovations Initiative

Environmental Innovations Initiative’s vision is to meaningfully impact the critical environmental challenges of our time, particularly climate change, biodiversity loss, and human vulnerability. To accomplish this, the Initiative will bring together scholars, leaders, practitioners, students, community members, and partners around themes of climate action, stewardship of nature, and societal resilience – including equity and inclusion.

The ESG Initiative at the Wharton School

The Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Initiative brings together Wharton faculty and students to conduct academically rigorous research, develop new curricular materials, and co-curricular experiences that shape the future of investing, consulting, and strategy on ESG factors.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.


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