Green Apple Day of Service Bonds Together Student Eco-Reps

October 23, 2013

Penn’s student Eco-Reps kick off the semester with a community service project each fall. Both a team-building activity and a community service event, this initiative encourages students to connect with local organizations to improve sustainability throughout the region. Past projects have included partnerships with the Schuylkill River Development Corporation (SRDC) and the Historic Woodlands Mansion and Cemetery. Penn students have helped plant trees, remove invasive species, and clear trails to encourage public access and engagement.

This year, the Eco-Reps aligned their work day with the global Green Apple Day of Service, organized by The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). On September 21, about 45 student Eco-Reps spent the day at Bartram’s Garden, at 54th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard in Southwest Philadelphia, planting, composting, mulching, and clearing garden beds.

Sara Allan, a long-serving Eco-Rep and co-chair of the Student Sustainability Association at Penn, raved about the event. "Penn's Green Apple Day of Service event at Bartram's garden was an incredible experience. Discovering a gem so close to Penn, getting our hands dirty, and collaborating with so many other groups was rewarding, inspiring, and fun!"

View a photo set of the event, courtesy of University Communications.


2013 marks the fifth year in a row that Penn has received the Tree Campus USA® designation, awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation.

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