The Wharton-led, Penn-wide Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) promotes knowledge for business sustainability through world-class research, transformative teaching and constructive dialogue between top alumni, academic, corporate, government, and non-government organizations. IGEL is a hub for business and sustainability, connecting and leveraging academic capital at Penn to help business leaders of today and tomorrow to create more sustainable industries.

Latest News

    • Penn and Wharton alumna, Emily Schapira, has been recognized in Philadelphia Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list for her work as Executive Director of the Philadelphia Energy Authority.
    • IGEL is happy to endorse a new resolution by the Penn Faculty Senate Executive Committee announced today in the Almanac. The resolution also calls on the Penn Board of Trustees, the President, the Provost, and Deans to take stronger measures to address the climate challenge than they have to date. See more here.
    • The inaugural ESG report from Rubicon is now live! Read more here
    • Delta expands safety commitment by requiring all customers to wear face coverings across travel- read more here
    • The Trillion-Dollar Question With COVID-19: How significant is climate on coronavirus transmission?- Read Luke Shors & Michael Ferrari’s thoughts here 
    • USA Today Digital Green Living Guide – learn about plant-based diets, replacing plastics, Greta Thunberg, and much more!
    • Latest IGEL blog post: Facing a Black Swan and preparing for Grey Swans by Rekha Menon-Varma
    • Biodiversity, pandemics and the circle of life- read the GreenBiz article here
    • Special Report by Suez & Knowledge@Wharton: The End of Wasted Water A Revolution in Reuse Is Underway. Read more here
    • Interested in sponsoring IGEL? Check out our Partnership brochure  to learn more about opportunities with IGEL 
    • See more in the IGEL News section.

Upcoming Events

  • June 8 – Sustainability Careers in the Water Industry. Register here.
  • Nov. 30 – Dec. 3 – Sustainable Brands ’20 Long Beach conference on purpose-driven business. Register here using the code “ptrWhartonIGEL” to take 20% off all-day passes!

Eric_MediumEric W. Orts

Guardsmark Professor, Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and Management

IGEL’s Director, Eric W. Orts, speaking at IGEL’s 2015 conference, Business Takes the Lead: How Innovation Will Drive Our Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change.


Gary-Survis_Small-PhotoGary Survis

Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania

Gary Survis, IGEL Senior Fellow, has participated in multiple IGEL sponsored conferences and moderated several of IGEL’s Annual Conferences.

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