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Oct 29, 2018

The Penn Community continued to reduce, reuse, and recycle in this year’s ReThink Your Footprint awareness campaign. From Oct. 15-19, a variety of initiatives and events raised awareness about source reduction, elimination of single-use products, the impacts of landfill waste, and strategies to...

Oct 26, 2018

The campus at the University of Pennsylvania offers a natural oasis of serenity directly in the middle of one of our nation’s largest cities. The campus is filled with flowerbeds, shaded walkways, turf areas, and more than 6,000 trees. However, this fall semester, students have returned to a campus...

Sep 14, 2018

The Sustainable Campus Index, a publication by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), has recognized Penn as a top-performing university as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). The report highlights innovative and...

Jun 21, 2018

2018’s Power Down Challenge took place during the week of March 19-23. Penn Sustainability partnered with various groups from the Penn community for workshops and informative events on energy reduction, including the School of Design, the School of Nursing, Penn’s Purchasing Program, and the Penn...

Jun 21, 2018

Penn's Student Eco-Reps program is an internship program for undergraduate students interested in learning about environmental issues and working on sustainability projects that advance the University's Climate Action Plan 2.0. This year's Eco-Reps have been working in small groups with staff in...

Jun 21, 2018

United By Blue - an outdoor brand known for their socially responsible and sustainable outdoor apparel and accessories - opened a newly expanded space in University City in February. The expanded store at 3421 Walnut Street triples the size of their existing store on campus, and features a full...

Jun 21, 2018

Just Salad opened its second Philadelphia location in April at 3728 Spruce Street. The fast-casual, value based restaurant chain offers salads, wraps, toast boxes and more starting at $7.49, and serves over 10 items under $10. Just Salad offered $2 salads at its official Grand Opening Event on April...

Jun 21, 2018

This spring, eleven students participated in an Alternative Spring Break trip to Western Pennsylvania, where they spent time learning about energy and extraction issues in communities impacted by fossil fuel extraction. The students took tours of former coal extraction sites, visited the Frick...

Jun 21, 2018

For the ninth year in a row, Penn has been named a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. The Tree Campus USA program recognizes college and university campuses that: - Effectively manage their campus trees. - Develop connectivity with the community beyond campus borders to foster healthy...

Jun 21, 2018

In May 2016, Amazon@Penn opened in 1920 Commons, allowing students to connect their Amazon accounts to the on-campus delivery and shipping center in order to more easily ship and pick up packages. Recently, Amazon launched their Give Back Box program, which allows people to pack their empty Amazon...

Jun 21, 2018

The University’s first student-run thrift store, Penn Closet, opened in Williams Hall in early March. Developed by undergraduate students Zoe Weissberg and Damien Koussis, Penn Closet sells second-hand clothing ranging from $5-$25 per piece, and accepts donations in their store. Partially supported...

Jun 21, 2018

In an effort to promote wellness and reduce energy consumption, the Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI) and Penn School of Medicine (PSOM) collaborated on a successful Green Fund project entitled “StairWELL” focusing on promoting more use of the stairways in the Anatomy Chemistry Building...

Jun 21, 2018

Thirteen Penn faculty members are participating in the 2018 ISAC (Integrating Sustainability across the Curriculum) program managed by Penn Sustainability. The ISAC program helps Penn faculty incorporate environmental sustainability into new and existing courses by providing funding support for...

Jun 21, 2018

A new Green Fund project awarded to the Earth and Environmental Science (EES) department is the installation of a Motus geospatial wildlife tracking system on the roof of the David Rittenhouse Laboratory (DRL) building. Used to track the migratory patterns of birds, butterflies, dragonflies, and...

Jun 21, 2018

Nominations are now being accepted for Penn’s 2018 Green Purchasing Awards. Held in conjunction with the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee (ESAC) Purchasing Subcommittee and Penn Sustainability, this award recognizes the leading actions of any individual and/or team that advances the...

Jun 21, 2018

Penn completed its STARS survey for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and has received a Gold Rating for its 2017 submission. The STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System) survey is a comprehensive benchmarking system developed and...

Apr 12, 2018

Widely used benchmarking system rates universities in five sustainability-related categories. The University of Pennsylvania has completed its STARS survey for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and has received a Gold Rating for its 2017 submission...

Feb 26, 2018

Progress to-date on the 2014 University-wide Climate Action Plan 2.0 environmental goals. Carbon emissions, academic course selection, and the amount of waste sent to landfills are areas of significant achievement against the goals of the University of Pennsylvania’s Climate Action Plan, says the...

Feb 13, 2018

The Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH) at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for ten-week Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships. We seek to build a vibrant cohort of six Summer Fellows (cohort size is contingent on the receipt of funding for which PPEH faculty have...

Dec 31, 2017

The University of Pennsylvania campus in West Philadelphia is now officially recognized as an Level II arboretum by the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program. First recognized as a Level I arboretum in April 2017, Penn’s campus is an urban forest with more than 6,500 trees in its collection, over...

Dec 22, 2017

As a reminder, the Tax Year 2017 Claim Period for the Penn Bike Commuter Expense Reimbursement Program is now open and continues through February 28. Program eligibility forms and instructional guides are available to assist bike commuters. To learn more about Penn’s bicycle commuter expense program...

Dec 13, 2017

As a reminder, the Tax Year 2017 Claim Period for the Penn Bike Commuter Expense Reimbursement Program is now open and continues through February 28. Program eligibility forms and instructional guides are available to assist bike commuters. To learn more about Penn’s bicycle commuter expense program...

Dec 6, 2017

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors (US Citizens, US Nationals, and Permanent Residents) dedicated to leadership and public service in either of two areas: Students from any ethnic background interested in conservation and environmental issues from any...

Nov 10, 2017

The Penn Community continued to reduce, reuse, and recycle in this year’s ReThink Your Footprint awareness campaign. During this one-week period, Oct. 16-20, an assortment of initiatives and events took place to raise awareness about source reduction, reuse, and recycling. ReThink 2017 by the...

Oct 17, 2017

Office Depot recently announced their awards recognizing public- and private-sector companies across the nation for their leadership in green purchasing. The University of Pennsylvania was one of only four educational institutions to receive the Leadership in Green Purchasing award, and was the sole...

Oct 16, 2017

Green Living Certification provides Penn students who live on- and off-campus the opportunity to reflect on their environmental impact, and rewards students for green behaviors and actions. Earn your Bronze, Silver, or Gold rating by taking the Green Living Survey https://www.sustainability.upenn...

Oct 16, 2017

Members of the Penn Community with ideas to improve the University’s environmental performance and reduce campus emissions can seek financial support for their ideas from Penn’s Green Fund. Since 2009, the Green Fund has helped students, faculty and staff conduct more than 50 pilot projects aimed at...

Oct 16, 2017

The departments of Penn Transit and Parking Services have launched a new website that integrates the University’s transit, commuter, and parking programs into a convenient, one-stop portal for access by the Penn community. Created to address and support all campus commuters, the website brings...

Oct 16, 2017

The FRES Operations and Maintenance department has recently expanded its fleet of eco-friendly electric vehicles to use in campus operations. As of Fall 2017, its fleet of electric vehicles (EVs) includes eleven 100% electric plug-in vehicles, including five Columbia ParCars & six E-Rides. Mike...

Oct 16, 2017

The University of Pennsylvania’s Green Purchasing Awards presented by Penn’s Purchasing Services and the Penn Sustainability Office were announced at the annual Purchasing Services Supplier Show on September 19. The awards honor leading actions of an individual or team that significantly advance the...

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