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Penn Partners Host Two Sustainability-Related Preceptorials

October 6, 2020
students and staff at the Penn Park Orchard

At the end of August 2020, two partner groups of Penn Sustainability hosted New Student Orientation (NSO) Preceptorials - informal, non-credit seminars on assorted topics that offer a unique way for first-year students to “Zoom in at Penn” and take a closer look at the cultural, social, and intellectual environment at Penn during NSO 2020. 


Get outside at Penn: your guide to green spaces on campus, the Morris Arboretum and beyond

  • Hosted by: Chloe Cerwinka, Landscape Planner in Facilities and Real Estate Services, and Bryan Thompson-Nowak, Director of Education at the Morris Arboretum
  • Participation: Over 90 students
  • Description: Spending time outdoors and in nature is a great way to reduce stress and to explore Penn's campus and the greater Philadelphia area.  Chloe, Landscape Planner, will describe hidden gems on campus, an urban forest with over 6,200 trees, and ample urban parks and specialty gardens.  Bryan will share must-see close-by destinations like the Morris Arboretum, a 92-acre botanic garden which is free for Penn Students.
  • Recording: The recording is available to watch on YouTube: 


Food Justice and Urban Farming

  • Hosted by: Lila Bhide, Penn Park Farm Coordinator
  • Participation: Over 45 students
  • Description: Do you like food? Are you interested in food production, food justice, or environmental justice issues? This preceptorial will introduce students to urban farming, food justice, and sustainability on Penn's campus and in the surrounding Philadelphia community. It will feature a virtual tour of Penn's on campus farm, a discussion on food justice within the context of Penn/Philadelphia, and an introduction to how to get involved with these issues on campus.
  • Recording: The recording is available to watch on YouTube:

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