On Campus Green


October 2009

October 2009
Amy Gutmann, Penn President Welcome to the Green Campus Partnership
Penn is proud to be an environmental leader among American colleges and universities. Our new Climate Action Plan outlines how we will further reduce our carbon footprint. The plan includes strategies to promote recycling, increase energy efficiency, and apply innovative design and construction methods.


The health of our planet depends on our actions. Each member of the Penn community can make a contribution to our shared success by learning more about sustainability and by making choices that make a positive difference. Click on links to the right to take the Sustainability Pledge and to sign up for our new bi-monthly e-newsletter: Red & Blue On College Green.

Penn has a long history of translating theory into practice to better our world. Now is the time to apply our many and diverse talents to the challenge of sustainability. I am confident in our ability to lead higher education’s green revolution into the future.

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Amy Gutmann
Penn President

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Learning Sustainability Classroom of students Penn unveils new Sustainability Minor
As the University begins its expansion of academic initiatives around sustainability, the main attraction for undergrads will most certainly be a new environmental minor... more
Online Syllabus Search Engine The Search for Sustainability Classes
Want to green your courseload for next semester? Find sustainability-themed courses easily by using the online course search through Penn InTouch... more
Conserving Energy Energy Conservation Tips Energy Conservation Tips
So what can you do to help Penn reach its energy conservation goals? Take a look at the Green Campus Partnership’s list of ten simple changes you can incorporate into your daily routine... more
Aircuity Aircuity Reducing Energy Use in Labs
Over the summer, Penn continued a pilot program that aims to significantly reduce energy consumption in labs and vivaria across campus... more
Minimizing Waste Greek Recycling Program Green Greeks Pioneer Recycling Program
Last March, seven Greek houses began participating in a pilot recycling program that will aim to integrate Penn’s sustainability initiatives with the Greek community... more
Big Belly Solar Trashcans A Big Appetite for Recycling
You may have already noticed them around campus and the City of Philadelphia. Last May, FRES installed 10 Big Belly solar compacting trash and recycling units around the perimeter of campus... more
Reducing Emissions Bike Changes Get On Your Bikes and Ride!
With the addition of new bike parking corrals, bike lanes, and safety instruction, Penn is renewing its commitment to creating a haven for members of the biking community... more
Bus to promote community commuting Catching Up with Commuters
In an effort to help Penn faculty and staff learn about the wide array of transportation alternatives available to them in this region, Business Services will be hosting its second annual Commuter Fair... more
Designing Green Penn Park The (Green) Roof Over Your Head
By capturing rainwater and reducing it slowly over time, Penn's green roofs lessen the burden on the West Philadelphia sewer system, while providing several additional environmental benefits... more
FRES LEED Workshop Penn Professionals Learning to LEED
In support of Penn’s sustainability efforts, FRES design professionals were introduced to the new LEED accreditation system in a summer workshop... more
Leading The Green Dan Garofalo

Dan Garofalo, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator
A native of Princeton, NJ, Dan moved to West Philadelphia and joined Penn Facilities and Real Estate Services in 2001 as a planner and architect. He received a bachelors degree in architecture from the University of Virginia, a Master's in architecture from Penn’s School of Design, and a Master's in government administration from Penn’s Fels Institute of Government.

In April 2008, Dan was named the University’s first Environmental Sustainability Coordinator in response to President Amy Gutmann’s 2007 signing of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment.

Click here to read the rest of our interview with Dan.


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