Our Committment

Penn President Amy Gutmann introduces Climate Action Plan 2.0, which serves as Penn’s blueprint for environmental excellence.

Green Fund Projects

Civic House Passive House Study

The Civic House received funding for a feasibility study to investigate what would be required to bring Civic House to the Passive House standard. “Passive House” concept; an energy‐efficient building design implemented throughout Europe, but only recently gaining a toehold in the United States. A passive house achieves overall energy savings of 60‐ 70% and 90% of space heating without applying expensive "active" technologies like photovoltaics or solar thermal hot water systems.

Project Leader: 
David Grossman, Director, Civic House and Civic Scholars Program
Project Sponsor: 
David Grossman, Director, Civic House and Civic Scholars Program
Status: 
In Progress

Fact

Penn’s underground cisterns on campus have the capacity to collect and reuse 340,000 gallons of water each year.