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Jan 22, 2021

Click on the photo below to open and download a PDF of our February 2021 Green Tip about breaking up with your trash can and switching to desk-side recycling + centralized trash.

Jan 21, 2021

The University of Pennsylvania’s 2020 Green Purchasing Awards, presented by Penn Purchasing Services and Penn Sustainability, were recently announced during the award recipients’ virtual staff meetings. The award honorees, who are recognized for their outstanding contributions that significantly...

Dec 23, 2020

This Spring, Climate Leaders @ Penn is piloting a fellowship program which has also been selected as a project to be a part of Yale’s Global University Climate Forum. The Climate Leaders Program for Professional Students at the University of Pennsylvania is a student-led, faculty-advised program for...

Dec 22, 2020

2021 Penn Labs Freezer Challenge The Penn Labs Freezer Challenge is designed to promote best practices in cold storage management. The Freezer Challenge covers all forms of cold storage, including refrigerators, freezers, and cold rooms. Labs participating in the challenge will be asked to submit an...

Dec 22, 2020

Click on the photo below to open and download a PDF of our January 2021 Green Tip about checking for drafts and leaks.

Dec 9, 2020

Penn's Student Eco-Reps is an environmental leadership program for students interested in advancing sustainability through the implementation of campus-based projects in support of Penn’s Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0. This year’s cohort is working on the following projects in...

Dec 9, 2020

Penn hosted its first Climate Week, September 21-25, to learn how the climate emergency intersects with the pressing issues of today and how to take action. This community-wide initiative presented 47 events, organized by 28 separate Penn organizations, on topics from climate science to climate...

Dec 1, 2020

On November 30, 2020 all members of Penn's Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee (ESAC) convened for a Fall 2020 ESAC Full Meeting. The ESAC Full Committee, consisting of members at large and ESAC subcommittee Co-Chairs and members, meets semi-annually during both the Fall and Spring...

Dec 1, 2020

A power purchase agreement, collaborations with campus wellness initiatives, and increased transportation options are areas of significant achievement against the goals of the University of Pennsylvania’s Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0, says the Penn Sustainability Office. The Penn...

Nov 30, 2020

Click on the photo below to open and download a PDF of our December 2020 Green Tip about sustainable holiday gift-giving.

Nov 23, 2020

Penn has been recognized as a top performer in the 2020 Sustainable Campus Index, ranking 7th overall in the area of Diversity and Affordability and 5th overall in the area of Transportation. A publication from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the...

Nov 17, 2020

Penn has been recognized as a top performer in the 2020 Sustainable Campus Index, ranking 7th overall in the area of Diversity and Affordability and 5th overall in the area of Transportation. A publication from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the...

Nov 16, 2020

Penn's new Sustainability Director, Nina Morris, came on board in October of 2020. Get to know a little bit about Nina's background, interests, and life below! Tell us about your previous career experience in sustainability. Previous to Penn, I worked at the University of Virginia as the...

Nov 11, 2020

LEED is simply a sustainability scorecard for green buildings. Buildings can become LEED Certified as can people! The best way to break into the sustainability space is to attain the LEED Green Associate (LEED GA). It also shows employers and clients you have certified knowledge in the field. Since...

Nov 5, 2020

Click on the photo below to open and download a PDF of our November 2020 Green Tip about how to have a sustainable Thanksgiving.

Nov 2, 2020

The “campus as a living lab” concept facilitates the use of our campus grounds for environmental sustainability research and learning. Exploring the operational dimensions of Penn can generate new knowledge to help advance sustainability on campus and in our broader Philadelphia community. In the...

Oct 19, 2020

Penn’s Green Fund Review Committee is putting out a call for new members! University of Pennsylvania faculty, staff, undergraduate students, and graduate students interested in becoming Committee members must complete this application form. The Penn Sustainability Office will review interested...

Oct 12, 2020

At the end of August, Choe Cerwinka, Landscape Planner, and Bryan Thompson-Nowak, the Director of Education at Morris Arboretum a co-led the following preceptorial for new students: "Get outside at Penn: your guide to green spaces on campus, the Morris Arboretum and beyond." Chloe described hidden...

Oct 12, 2020

As part of Climate Week at Penn, professor of architecture Bill Braham spoke with Design Weekly about the university’s carbon goals, energy usage, and the Climate and Sustainability Action (CSAP) Plan 3.0. Bill Braham is director of both the Master of Science in Design with a Concentration in...

Oct 6, 2020

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...

Oct 4, 2020

Sign up to participate in the Engineering Deans' Advisory Board (EDAB) Sustainability Challenge and compete to be one of the four $1250 winners (over 5k in prizes). Over the course of three weeks, you and your team of up to four (no need to have a team before signing up) will propose a creative idea...

Sep 24, 2020

As part of Climate Week, view our recorded event to learn about Penn's Green Labs commitment. Hear from lab staff who have gone through the commitment process about their experiences and specific sustainability initiatives within their labs! Here are a few great resources mentioned during the panel...

Sep 23, 2020

As part of Climate Week, view our recorded event featuring 3 panelists who are working to close the gap of access to nature through research and practice in Philadelphia. Here are a few great resources mentioned during the panel, as well as a few additional resources. Panelist Contact Information...

Sep 21, 2020

Click on the photo below to open and download a PDF of our October 2020 Green Tip about how to have a sustainable Halloween costume.

Sep 9, 2020

Climate Week is a University-wide, week-long event happening Sept. 21 - 25. Climate Week will feature a number of events organized by various schools and centers at Penn, all related to sustainability and climate. Visit the Climate Week website to check out the wide range of webinars, workshops...

Sep 1, 2020

Click on the photo below to open and download a PDF of our September 2020 Green Tip promoting Climate Week!

Aug 21, 2020

With Penn Dining switching to only take-out options for the Fall 2020 semester, Penn Sustainability has created signage to help you sort your waste from dining locations on campus. Click on the photos below to open larger PDF versions of each file.

Aug 11, 2020

Did you know that this academic year is the Year of Civic Engagement? To celebrate the Year of Civic Engagement, Penn Sustainability would like to highlight some information and resources about environmental justice and civic sustainability, including programs right on campus like the Netter Center...

Aug 4, 2020

This year, our region is experiencing a significant population increase of Spotted Lantern Fly (SLF), an invasive insect. Facilities and Real Estate Services (FRES), in partnership with Morris Arboretum, has developed a strategy to address this nuisance pest that has the potential to negatively...

Jul 28, 2020

The Water Center at Penn Research Support Program for MES and MSAG Students Deadline: September 30, 2020 Program summary: The Water Center at Penn encourages MES and MSAG students at Penn to apply for this competitive student grant program to promote research in water science, policy and...

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