The University of Pennsylvania is a leader in promoting environmental sustainability, including the importance of trees, sustainable building development, and the creation of public open space.
The Penn Green Fund is designed to seed innovative ideas in environmental sustainability from Penn students, faculty, and staff.
Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum (ISAC) Program was established in 2012 to help Penn faculty introduce environmental sustainability into existing and new courses. Faculty participants explore sustainability concepts at a one-day workshop in the late spring, and then are partnered with a student research assistant to work over the summer integrating sustainability into the course syllabi, lectures, assignments, reading material, and tests.
Offices represent a significant portion of campus energy and material use and waste production. The Green Campus Partnership recognizes the efforts of staff and faculty to green their daily activities by offering four levels of Green Office certification.
Green Living Certification, offered through Penn’s Green Campus Partnership, provides College House residents with an opportunity to reflect on their environmental impact and to recognize the importance of their daily, individual decisions on the University’s sustainability initiatives.
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.
The Power Down Challenge will be held in College Houses and offices/academic buildings from February 2 - 28, 2015.
Penn’s Green Campus Partnership recognizes the efforts of Greek chapter houses by offering four levels of certification in the Greeks Going Green program, an environmental certification program for chapter houses achieving excellence in environmental sustainability practices.
ReThink Your Footprint is Penn’s Fall 2014 waste minimization initiative. It culminates during three weeks, November 1 – 21, 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.