Our Committment

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

Green Fund Projects

Warmth from Waste Wood

The Morris Arboretum received a Green Fund Grant to purchase and install an EPA-certified hydronic heater unit (an outdoor wood-fired boiler) to minimize the need for heating oil to heat the Mechanic’s Shop building. Wood is a natural waste product of ongoing horticultural operations, and much of the wood pieces are too large to be chipped for use as mulch. Therefore, this project was intended to not only heat the building with a free and clean fuel source but also to solve a waste problem at the Arboretum. 

Green Fund Summary Report: Warmth From Waste Wood

Project Leader: 
Justin Jackson, Horticulture Section Leader - Rose Garden and Anne Brennan, Natural Areas Manager, Horticulture
Project Sponsor: 
Anthony S. Aiello, Director of Horticulture and Curator
Status: 
Complete

Fact

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