Penn Community

Community Participation in Penn Sustainability

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

operations control center boards

The Power Down Challenge 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. The 2019 Power Down Challenge was held March 18 - 22. 

team with recycling containers

ReThink Your Footprint is Penn’s annual waste minimization initiative. It culminates during one week in October with an awareness campaign designed to engage the entire Penn Community. Initiatives, events, presentations, and other forms of outreach will take place during this period to share information about environmentally sustainable practices in waste minimization: source reduction, reuse, and recycling.

green fund proposal boards

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

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 Action Plan 2.0.

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.

FRES special recycling collections

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