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Nov 12, 2015

Academics is one of the seven main areas of concentration of Penn’s Climate Action Plan, a roadmap for the University’s sustainable future launched in 2009 and updated in fall 2014. Working toward making Penn a model of environmental academics and stewardship, the following is a summary of...

Nov 11, 2015

Penn's first Green Purchasing Awards were presented at the annual Purchasing Services Supplier Show on September 30. This new award honors the leading actions of any individual and/or team that significantly advance the development of sustainable purchasing practices at Penn. These first honorees...

Nov 9, 2015

Since 2009, Penn’s Student Eco-Reps have served as waste minimization champions on campus as they have encouraged their peers to change their waste disposal habits. This fall, Eco Reps are working on Sustainability Impact Projects, a new feature of the Eco Reps program designed to further expand...

Nov 6, 2015

Wondering how to reduce waste at your next department event? Look no further the Green Events Guide, a resource recently developed by the Green Campus Partnership and launching during ReThink Your Footprint. This guide provides tips that can be exercised at a variety of events, from department-wide...

Nov 4, 2015

University Landscape Architect Bob Lundgren and Landscape Planner Chloe Cerwinka are working with the University’s Urban Park Staff to create a new compost site for campus leaf litter. The site is located at the southern tip of Penn Park, next to the Maintenance Center and close to the Penn Park...

Nov 3, 2015

Since 2009, Penn’s Student Eco-Reps have served as waste minimization champions on campus as they have encouraged their peers to change their waste disposal habits. This fall, Eco Reps are working on Sustainability Impact Projects, a new feature of the Eco Reps program designed to further expand...

Nov 2, 2015
Mini Bins are here at the School of Nursing! 
 
Mini Bins are small trash receptacles that, because of their size, encourage people to reduce the amount of waste they produce as well as increase the amount of material that they divert through recycling. When Lucia DiNapoli, Executive Assistant to...
Oct 26, 2015

Penn is a finalist in the Tree Campus USA Service Learning Contest, where the University could win $10K to support a tree planting project with Penn Eco-Rep students and UC Green staff and volunteers. 

The Arbor Day Foundation, which runs the Tree Campus USA program, announced that six schools were...

Oct 16, 2015

Bailey Rowland (C'14, MES'15), who had worked as an intern in Penn’s Sustainability Office, received the prestigious Undergraduate Student Research Award from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) at its 2015 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis.

Bailey’s senior...

Oct 5, 2015

Join Penn Dining and Bon Appétit Management Company for a week of food festivities October 19th-22nd. Learn about fostering a healthy, sustainable food system. For a full list of events and to RSVP, click here.

Sep 22, 2015

Promoting sustainability in the National Parks system is not unlike promoting sustainability at Penn, Penn’s Staff & Faculty Eco-Reps learned at their September 22 meeting. The lunch speaker was Kris Hewitt, Environmental Program Manager for the Northeast Region of the National Park Service, and his...

Sep 21, 2015

Join the Philadelphia Orchard Project (POP) for its second annual crabapple harvest! There are several great-tasting crabapple varieties planted throughout campus. Recipe ideas and maps of Penn's trees will be provided, but please bring your own bags or containers to take your apples home. The...

Sep 21, 2015

The Penn Program in Environmental Humanities hosts a Symposium on Faiths and Environmentalism, September 24-25, 2015. Inspired by Pope Francis’s encyclical “Laudato Si", the Symposium joins the global discussion about the future of our planet in the age of humans. Across all the major world...

Aug 26, 2015

The Penn Program in Environmental Humanities presents the Symposium on Performance, Politics, and Climate Change, a two-day program at the intersection of avant garde theater, social protest, and climate change communication. The symposium features Dr. Sarah Ann Standing, an Assistant Professor in...

Aug 26, 2015

With the launch of the 2009 Climate Action Plan, Penn began a building-level metering initiative on campus that included steam, chilled water, and advanced electricity meters. Having accurate, frequent measurement of these utilities empowers campus building managers to better manage energy use...

Aug 24, 2015

The composting industry in our region is going through significant changes that are having an impact on Penn’s solid waste management processes. Foremost is the closure of the Wilmington Organics Recycling Center (WORC) last fall, which is affecting the PA, NY, NJ, DE, and MD areas. WORC was the...

Aug 24, 2015

carbon footprint: The total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).

One of the most ambitious elements of Penn’s Climate Action Plan 2.0 is the expansion of the Plan’s geography to more...

Aug 24, 2015

Since 2009, the Eco-Reps program has engaged Penn students as peer educators, campaign organizers, and sustainability champions. Starting this fall, the Sustainability Office is introducing a new feature of the program, designed to further expand the student’s role as campus environmental leaders –...

Aug 24, 2015

To improve environmental practices for building renovation projects across campus, the Office of the University Architect has published guidelines for all phases of applicable renovation projects, related to project design, specifications, and construction. These guidelines are intended for use on...

Aug 24, 2015

Nearly 47,000 pounds of clothing and household goods were donated by Penn students when they moved out last May – and it all went to Goodwill, thanks to volunteers with PennMOVES. The PennMOVES program began in 2008 to promote the sustainable re-use of clothing, furniture, and other gently used...

Aug 24, 2015

Composting bins arrived for the retail restaurants along 40th Street in April, so that these businesses might begin to align their operations with the Waste Minimization recommendations in the Climate Action Plan 2.0. Going forward, all of the University's Real Estate properties and tenants are...

Aug 12, 2015

Penn employees welcomed the beginning of warmer weather this spring by getting outdoors for at least 30 minutes each day, as part of the University’s 2015 30x30 Challenge.  Program registrants numbered 345, with almost half of them joining a Facebook group dedicated to the Challenge.  Events...

Jun 17, 2015

Applications are open for Penn Student Eco-Reps – the deadline is August 30. Penn Eco-Reps is an environmental leadership program that promotes sustainable lifestyles across Penn’s communities.  Representatives support the University’s Climate Action Plan through peer education, projects, and...

Jun 12, 2015

University research labs are known to use a great deal of energy to support research and use large electronic equipment. Lab managers often are looking for ways to reduce energy consumption, and a new program through Penn’s Division of Facilities & Real Estate Services may help these sustainability...

Apr 13, 2015

Penn Purchasing Services, in conjunction with Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee (ESAC) and Penn Green Campus Partnership (GCP), has announced the Green Purchasing Award. The award is to be presented at the Purchasing Services Supplier Show on Tuesday September 29th.

The Green...

Apr 13, 2015

“Spring finally may be here! For a while, it was hard to imagine sunny warm days and fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, but it seems we’ve made it through winter,” said Kristy Crocetto, Administrative Assistant to Penn Alumni Regional Clubs in Penn Alumni Relations. Kristy is located in the...

Apr 13, 2015

Last spring Penn students from Professor Mary Summers’ Politics of Food Class approached Penn Dining and its food service provider Bon Appetit about working with Feeding America, a national organization that works with local food banks to address hunger in this country. Feeding America put Bon...

Apr 13, 2015

Business Services has launched a Green Travel page as part of the Penn Travel and Expense Management website:  http://cms.business-services.upenn.edu/penntravel/green-travel.html  Find helpful hints for things like booking ground transportation and being a greener hotel guest.

Apr 13, 2015

The SEAS Green Team hosted a Book Swap in January where faculty, staff and engineering students were encouraged to clear out and trade up on the contents of their bookshelves. Karema Seliem, Building Interiors Coordinator at SEAS, called the Book Swap a low cost, fun, and zero waste event that...

Apr 13, 2015

The practice of composting is growing on Penn’s campus. Post-consumer food waste is collected in Houston Hall, for example, and this type of composting is also part of some offices’ qualifications for the Green Office program. This Spring, the collection of pre-consumer food waste will be piloted in...

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