Get Involved

The Power Down Challenge empowers members of the Penn community to reduce their energy consumption and deepen their understanding of energy issues. Throughout the month of February, join us and our partners for educational events and programs about energy consumption, reduction, and innovation. The Power Down Challenge will be held from February 1st - 29th, 2016. 

Penn Eco-Reps is an environmental leadership program that promotes sustainable lifestyles across Penn’s communities.  Representatives support the University’s Climate Action Plan through peer education, projects, and outreach events.  Eco-Reps represent an environmental consciousness and challenge their peers to adopt a culture of sustainability.

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.

Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum (ISAC) Program was established 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.

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.

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

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.

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 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. 

Penn's 30x30 Challenge is an event running from April 1st to April 30th in which participants are asked to spend at least 30 minutes outdoors each day for 30 consecutive days.

ReThink Your Footprint is Penn’s Fall 2015 waste minimization initiative. It culminates during three weeks, November 2 – 20, 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.

Move-In Green is Penn’s move-in engagement program dedicated to environmental sustainability. The program gives upperclassmen leaders the opportunity engage new and returning students on environmental initiatives around campus.