Green Space

Green Space

Scott Spitzer

The University’s West Philadelphia home spans 300 beautiful acres—100 of which are solely dedicated to a lush and leafy array of green spaces, walkways, and small gardens.

Penn’s verdant atmosphere is carefully planned and maintained by the landscape and urban parks staff from Facilities and Real Estate Services (FRES) who work to integrate both aesthetics and sustainability throughout the fabric of campus.

In this edition of By The Numbers, with campus in early summer bloom, the Current takes a closer look at the grassy alcoves and towering trees that create Penn’s signature green spaces.


Approximate number of trees on campus. Seventy-five percent of trees are native to the Philadelphia area, with oak, locust, and maple as the most dominant species. Penn Park is home to 568 trees.


Percentage of the 100 acres of campus open space covered by tree and shrub canopies.


Number of acres of natural meadow plantings on campus, all located in Penn Park.


Number of trees staff members from FRES and consultants prune each year.


Approximate number of perennial flowering plants—notably more sustainable than annual plants—that FRES and consultants planted this spring.


Number of gallons Penn Park’s underground rainwater cistern stores and reuses as irrigation for lawns and trees. Similar systems, though smaller, also exist at Shoemaker Green and the Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology.

Originally published on June 5, 2014