Community Participation in Penn Sustainability

All members of the Penn Community are encouraged to become involved in campus sustainability efforts.

operations control center boards

Power Down empowers members of the Penn community to reduce their energy consumption and deepen their understanding of energy issues. Each year, join us and our partners for educational events and programs about energy consumption, reduction, and innovation. 

Person working in labels/recycling

The numerous labs on campus provide a prime opportunity to reduce our environmental impact and help us reach the goals set forth in Penn’s Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0.

team with recycling containers

ReThink Your Footprint is Penn’s annual waste minimization awareness campaign designed to engage the entire Penn Community. Initiatives will take place during this period to share information about source reduction, reuse, and recycling.

campus architecture and landscaping

We invite all University employees to take the Sustainability at Penn course in KnowledgeLink to learn more about Penn’s Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0 and what you can do to contribute to our sustainability goals.

green fund proposal boards

The Penn Green Fund is designed to seed innovative ideas in environmental sustainability from Penn students, faculty, and staff. 

magnolia tree

The 30x30 Challenge is an effort to encourage the Penn community to get outside, learn about local ecology, and appreciate the beauty of nature. Join Penn's 30x30 Challenge and challenge yourself to spend at least 30 minutes outdoors in nature each day for all 30 days of April.

cleanup volunteers

Learn about various environmental volunteer opportunities for students, staff, and faculty.

Dr. Gutmann talking with two students

The Sustainability Alumni Network brings together alumni and current students who are interested in any of the various fields related to environmental sustainability.

FRES special recycling collections

A wide variety of special items such as batteries, shoes, pens, and eyeglasses are collected at sites across campus.