The Physical Environment at Penn

The Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0 advances Penn’s holistic approach to a sustainable campus by addressing design, construction, and maintenance of our built environment. The focus is on reducing Penn’s ecological footprint by adopting best practices for renovations, new construction, and ecological landscapes. The implementation of the Ecological Landscape Stewardship Plan (ELSP) will build on landscape best practices and will articulate improved ecological design and management of landscape and open space across campus. The five-year goals also explore wellness-focused design and commit the University to focus on adaptation planning through peer institution benchmarking and exploration of campus resiliency strategies.


bird-friendly film install

Spearheaded by the FRES Landscape Architecture Group in partnership with Audubon Pennsylvania and Penn Sustainability, members of the Penn student body, faculty, and staff are are working together to make Penn’s campus more environmentally-conscious by reducing the number of bird strikes. 

wildflowers in Penn Park

Sustainable landscape practices have been adopted for implementation across campus.

Penn campus looking east over Quad

Penn Connects: A Vision for the Future

LEED gold building

LEED-certified buildings, sustainable buildings, reuse and reinvestment are all discussed on this page.

green stormwater infrastructure

Penn's best practices for stormwater management