Penn Retail Offers Sustainable Selections: SweetGreen, HipCity Veg, Greene Street

November 5, 2013

Penn’s Facilities & Real Estate Services Division works continually enhance the retail offerings at Penn and respond to changing market conditions. Student and community interest in an environmentally sustainable lifestyle prompts Penn to seek out operators of food and other retail shops that support these principles.

Recently, fast-food inspired fresh vegan food joined Penn’s retail line-up through the opening of Hip City Veg at 214 South 40th Street. Philadelphia-born Hip City Veg delivers on bicycle sources locally, and all HipCityVeg® packaging is compostable. They compost kitchen scraps as well. Restaurant interior is made of recycled and energy-efficient materials.

Greene Street Consignment considers its clothing and accessories as one-of-a-kind recycled pieces, finding new life through resale. Located at 3734 Spruce Street, Greene Street heralds the principle of reuse when it comes to its clients’ wardrobes. Greene Street has locations in greater Philadelphia and New Jersey.

With roots at Penn now more than a year old, Sweet Green also offers healthful food selections to the students and neighborhood. Sweet Green sources local and organic food, uses compostable packaging and composts the food waste from its store on 3925 Walnut Street. Beyond the menu, Sweet Green (with locations in DC, MA, MD, NY, PA and VA) supports sustainability by offsetting  100% of their energy with wind energy credits. 

Photo Credit: Penn Current


The Swine Teaching and Research Center at Penn’s New Bolton Center has capacity to meet 10-12% of its energy needs using solar power.

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