As world leaders meet in Paris this week to forge an agreement on combating climate change, faculty members at Penn State are urging the university to do more to address the issue.

Dozens of professors and staff have signed an online petition that has also attracted more than 7,000 signatures from people across the state, nation, and even internationally. The petition was delivered Wednesday to Penn State president Eric Barron, Provost Nicholas Jones, and Senior Vice President of Finance and Business, David Gray.

It asks them to “clearly and firmly address human-caused climate change,” through the following actions:

President Barron should immediately create a task force to lead the community though the process of setting and implementing an appropriate “Getting to Zero” plan to be achieved by 2050 at the latest.

Penn State’s administration should communicate its commitment to addressing anthropogenic climate change publicly, ideally through Penn State’s next Strategic Plan.

Penn State’s administration should identify and revise policies that currently limit efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through its operations, purchasing, and investments and should integrate sustainability throughout its curriculum and culture.

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