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Find Funding for your Creative Sustainability Ideas

March 28, 2019
MOTUS wildlife

Green Fund supports innovative ideas

The Green Fund was created to support innovative ideas that align with Penn’s CAP goals and would otherwise be impossible to achieve. 

Beekeeping, clothing drying racks, analysis of bird strikes, bike repair stations, a student-run thrift store.....these are just a few of the ideas that have come from within the Penn community to support the university's commitment to environmental sustainability. Take a look at the full list of projects supported since the Fund was established in 2009. 

The leaders of four Green Fund projects recently presented their progress

New Bolton Center Soil Conservation Plan
This grant has allowed the Penn Vet New Bolton Center to update its soil conservation plan, in cooperation with the Chester County Conservation District. (View PDF)


Motus Wildlife Tracking Antenna
Motus is a geospatial wildlife tracking system to track the migratory patterns of small flying organisms like birds, butterflies, dragonflies, and bats. An antenna installed on the roof of the David Rittenhouse Laboratory (DRL) in Spring 2018 will give faculty, students, and staff new tools to use in a diverse array of fields, including research, planning, and quantitative data analysis. (View PDF)
StairWELL UPenn
This grant was used to make physical improvements to a stairwell in the Anatomy Chemistry Building using vinyl wall graphics and motivational signage along with refreshed painting and lighting. Goals included energy conservation through reduced use of elevators, in addition to the obvious health benefits that come with exercise. (View PDF)
Penn Closet Thrift Store
Founded on the principles of “reduce, reuse, recycle,” Penn Closet will help divert perfectly usable items from landfills while encouraging students to think differently about consumerism and waste. (View PDF)

Is it your turn to have a great green idea funded? Here's the steps for consideration:

Review process

  • Applications reviewed on a monthly basis 
  • All are reviewed by the Green Fund Review Board (Wharton, PSOM, SEAS, etc.)

Projects goals

  • Should support the goals and initiatives outlined in Penn’s Climate Action Plan 2.0
  • Projects should be innovative ideas that would not otherwise be implemented
  • Funds cannot be given for ongoing, operational needs or standard University practices

Funding available 

  • Grants are available up to $30,000 and must be approved by the Green Fund Review Board

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