New Green Fund to Develop Sustainability Initiatives on Campus

October 8, 2009

This month, Facilities and Real Estate Services, in collaboration with the Office of the Provost, announced the launch of the Penn Green Fund, a grant available to all members of the Penn community to fund small projects that further campus-wide environmental sustainability initiatives.

The exciting new program will award allocations of up to $50,000 to members of the Penn community for projects that aim to reduce the University’s greenhouse gas emissions and overall environmental impact.

Proposals to the Green Fund will be evaluated based on the impact of the project on Penn’s carbon emissions (among other environmental factors), savings accrued to the University, and the overall cost of the proposed project.  While awarding creativity and innovation, priority will be given to projects with anticipated results that are able to demonstrate a quantifiable return on investment, or that could secure additional funding apart from the Green Fund grant. Applicants are also encouraged to develop projects that are effective in educating or changing behavior and engaging multiple stakeholders throughout the Penn community.

The Review Board for the Green Fund is a group with a wide range of interests and areas of expertise, representing a number of schools, centers and organizations on campus. The board incorporates the Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, both UA and GAPSA, Penn Professional Staff Association, the Office of the Provost, the School of Arts and Sciences, Business Services Division, Facilities and Real Estate Services, and the School of Design.  The School of Design will be represented by Mark Alan Hughes, former Director of Sustainability for the City of Philadelphia, and current Distinguished Senior Fellow at the School of Design and the T.C. Chan Center for Building Simulation and Energy Studies.

Penn Environmental Sustainability Coordinator Dan Garofalo praised the support that came in creating this new program, saying that the Green Fund is a “great opportunity to engage the entire university in achieving significant carbon reduction.”

Applications to the Penn Green Fund can be made on-line, at

For more information on this fund, or with comments or questions, please contact


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