An introduction to environmentalism at Penn

Are you interested in environmentalism, sustainability, outdoor education, or "green" student groups at Penn? Want to explore Philadelphia and discover some of the city's coolest parks and outdoor hangouts? Do you want to garden, hike, camp, cook, and volunteer on a farm - all in three days?!  Apply for PennGreen!

Penn has a profound and deep culture of environmental sustainability, with more student groups, leadership opportunities, scholarships, and courses than you can imagine. And on top of that, Penn is situated in one of the greenest cities in America. PennGreen is a pre-orientation program that introduces incoming freshmen to the vibrant environmental opportunities offered at Penn and in Philadelphia. 

Through PennGreen, you'll learn about campus sustainability initiatives and learn from world-renown professors in the environmental field. You'll work on a local urban farm, hike in Philadelphia's huge park system, go camping at scenic state park, explore historic neighborhoods and markets, volunteer with a local urban greening project, and spend a ton of quality time outdoors. The days are packed, but don't worry, the PennGreen student leaders will make sure that you're fueled with healthy, organic, and tasty offerings from local restaurants and Philadelphia's famous farmers markets.

PennGreen leaders are upperclassmen who participated in the PennGreen program during their freshman year and are passionate about environmental issues. Leaders are trained in group dynamics, campus resources, Penn traditions, are experts on environmental issues, and are some of the friendliest Penn students you will ever meet! PennGreen is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Penn Sustainability Office. 

Participants will be selected based upon a careful review of the applications. Each application is reviewed and rated by the student leaders of the program and a consensus is reached.  Those invited to participate will need to promptly complete registration forms and submit payment.  Students may apply to other pre-orientation programs as well and then decide which program to attend based upon their selection status.
Please note, you will be able to access the application once you have received your PennKey. The application can be found on the VPUL Pre-Orientation website.
Each participant is required to pay $375.00. This fee covers transportation, meals, early move-in fees, a t-shirt, and activity fees. A partial scholarship is available to eligible students who qualify for financial aid through Penn.
If you have questions, feel free to write to Elizabeth Main.