PennGreen Gears Up for its Third Year of Programming

July 26, 2010

Incoming freshmen once again have the opportunity to get a head start on campus sustainability initiatives, as the PennGreen pre-orientation program begins its third year with a comprehensive calendar of events.

PennGreen introduces basic concepts of sustainability, Penn’s Climate Action Plan, and the opportunity to form close personal relationships with peers interested in environmental activism. The group of 40 incoming freshmen will meet faculty, learn about Penn’s ongoing campus and community sustainability initiatives, visit local urban and organic farms, embark on an educational river tour by canoe, and more.

Students will start a week-long program with a tour of the Morris Arboretum’s Horticulture Center, on target to become Penn’s first LEED Platinum building, followed by trips to Blue Mountain Recycling Center and the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center to learn about sustainability on the City level. Visits to Mill Creek Urban Farm and the Charlestown Organic Farm will highlight the importance of the local food movement, while a river tour at Harrisburg’s Gifford Pinchot State Park illustrates the impact of urban development on the local watershed. The week concludes with a breakfast presentation by and discussion with Penn’s Green Campus Partnership staff.

The program is instrumental in educating students on how they can get involved in the efforts to create a more sustainable campus.

“One of the primary goals of the Green Campus Partnership is to create a culture of sustainability on Penn’s campus,” said Environmental Sustainability Coordinator Dan Garofalo, “and the PennGreen program gives a great introduction to the incredible environmental opportunities available to students during their time at Penn.”

Led by members of the Penn Environmental Group and senior leaders of various student sustainability groups, PennGreen participants begin New Student Orientation not only with an idea of the opportunities in front of them, but with a few friends to collaborate with along the way.

For more information about the PennGreen program, visit the VPUL Pre-Orientation website.


Student Sustainability Association at Penn (SSAP) is the umbrella organization for environmental sustainability student groups, uniting 20+ student organizations.

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