M.I. Green the Latest Program to Introduce Penn Students to Sustainability

October 10, 2011

As new students from around the country and the globe moved into their new residence halls at the University of Pennsylvania last month, they were greeted with a new program to help “green” their new home away from home.

Penn’s new M.I. (Move-In) GREEN program connected returning students with incoming ones to encourage participation in sustainability initiatives by conserving energy, recycling, supporting local food suppliers, and joining one of the many green groups on campus.

The 35 M.I. GREEN volunteers were stationed outside College Houses across campus to educate students about sustainable practices to use in their new residences.

In addition to new students, Residential Advisor (RA) and Graduate Associate (GA) staff received sustainability training prior to move-in as well.  Representatives from the Penn Green Campus Partnership spoke at an August workshop to introduce RAs and GAs to the University’s sustainability initiatives and ways to help educate college house residents about green living.  Part of the workshop also included discussions about ways to minimize waste during house events.

M.I. GREEN is expected to become a staple of New Student Orientation in future years, supplementing the slate of introductory programs Penn offers to students interested in sustainability.


The average distance food travels from farm to plate is 1,500 miles. That's as far as a trip from Philadelphia to Houston.

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