What's the problem?
The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) incurs significant greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from student-and-faculty air travel. Air travel is a necessity for any research institution, including Penn, whose student and faculty frequently travel to conferences, fieldwork sites, and business meetings. Every time a student or faculty member travels via air, the emissions from the trip are included in Penn’s overall carbon footprint. As such, Penn must curtail or offset its air emissions if it is to achieve carbon neutrality by 2042.