Use these guidelines and manuals to help guide your environmental sustainability efforts.


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Welcome Class of 2025! Penn is committed to reducing its environmental footprint, and students play a large role in contributing to sustainability initiatives on campus. Read about all the ways that you can become involved in helping make the university a greener place.

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Learn how to host sustainable events by downloading the Green Events Guide.

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College House Resident Advisors (RAs) and Graduate Resident Advisors (GRAs) have a unique opportunity to help frame the way their residents understand environmental sustainability at Penn.

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Our Off-Campus Recycling Guide is meant to serve as a resource to the entire off-campus community, so that sustainability stays at the heart of Penn living.

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Learn how to start a Green Team in your office to minimize the environmental impacts of your workplace.

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Although there is single-stream recycling throughout Penn's campus, where you take your recyclables varies in each College House

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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.

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This document outlines practical ways for Penn faculty and staff to respond to the climate emergency.

The Fate of Our Waste poster

The sustainability team along with student support and Penn’s Urban Parks staff created an informative graphic, The Fate of Our Waste.

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An office cleanout allows you to get rid of all unwanted office files and materials on a large scale. 

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The Green Cleaning Guidelines inform and educate facility managers and maintenance staff on how to meet green housekeeping certification requirements – the standard maintenance protocols and practices for all Penn interior spaces.

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Use this form to complete your step-by-step action plan to reduce your office's energy usage when called for an event such as a "Red Day."

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Teaching practices contribute significantly to Penn’s efforts to become a more sustainable university.

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Bin standards across campus make it easier for building occupants to recycle.

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Centralized trash and desk-side recycling can improve waste diversion by making it easier for building occupants to recycle. Use this guide to learn how to implement desk-side recycling and centralized trash in your office.