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Green Fund Projects

Green Fund Projects

Green Fund Projects support goals and objectives outlined in Penn’s Climate Action Plan, a long-range strategy launched in Fall 2009 to reduce the University’s carbon footprint and enhance its overall sustainability.

Spring 2013

“To Go” food containers are widely used on campus, and have become more sustainable through the support of a Green Fund grant to Penn Hospitality Services and Bon Appétit. The funds were used to...View Project »
The Ben’s Attic website, developed by Purchasing Services for the exchange and purchase of surplus University-owned property, received a software update and a number of user enhancements thanks to a...View Project »
To further the goal of reducing single occupancy vehicle travel to Penn as part of the Sustainable Transportation Initiative, Penn’s Business Services Division has provided bicyclists with two repair...View Project »
Conceived during the 2013 Penn Apps hackathon, GreenVote is a smartphone app designed by three Penn undergrads that will be used to collect real-time thermal comfort data of occupants in Penn...View Project »

Fall 2012

The Civic House received funding for a feasibility study to investigate what would be required to bring Civic House to the Passive House standard. “Passive House” concept; an energy‐efficient...View Project »
This project will develop a Shoemaker Green monitoring plan that can support the mission of extending the classroom to the landscape while also contributing knowledge of lessons learned to the...View Project »
The Lenape Botanical Garden establishes and reinforces a sense of place for Penn's Native American community. It will also build awareness and allow the larger community to learn more about the...View Project »
The Penn Museum recieved a Fall 2012 Green Fund grant to begin composting food waste from its cafes.View Project »

Spring 2012

This student-led hand dryer pilot project investigates the replacement of paper towels with electric hand dryers in 20 bathrooms in Ware College House. The project targets Penn’s Climate Action Plan...View Project »
To accommodate the growing recycling needs of the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), the SEAS Green Team redesigned an existing trash room in the Towne Building with the assistance of...View Project »
The Digital Shower Timer Project's goals are to not only save water, decreasing Penn's water footprint, but also encourage lifelong sustainable conservation policies. 200 digital shower timers,...View Project »
The School of Arts and Sciences Facilities, Planning and Operations group recieved a Green Fund grant to purchase an electric Columbia ParCar Mega Van to replace a 21 year old, fossil fuel powered...View Project »
This project was awarded a Green Fund grant to enhance Housekeeping's green cleaning efforts, specifically the purchase of 20 Orbio Battery Operated Totes and 4 Adfinity X20R Rev machines. With the...View Project »

Fall 2011

The Morris Arboretum of The University of Pennsylvania implemented a project to determine the efficacy of compost tea (liquid compost extract) as a fertilizer and alternative to pesticides in the one...View Project »
BUSINESS SERVICES The Penn Ice Rink was awarded a grant from Penn's Green Fund for the installation of a water density system that will reduce the rink's energy usage and provide an improved ice...View Project »
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY Purchase of a 2-year University-level site license for a Chemical Inventory management system bar-code reader technology. The system will greatly improve Penn's ability to...View Project »
The Penn Sustainability Review (PSR) is a student-run online and print publication featuring sustainability-related opinion editorials, leadership interviews, and academic papers. PSR aims to provide...View Project »
Department of Recreation & Intercollegiate Athletics (DRIA) Installation of ozone washing machines at the Pottruck Health and Fitness Center, which currently uses eight-year-old traditional...View Project »
New Bolton Center Murphy Laboratory is an energy intensive laboratory space at New Bolton Center that implemented an energy audit as part of a Fall 2011 Green Fund comprehensive pilot project. This...View Project »
A Spring 2011 Green Fund grant funded the development of a bike-share program, PennCycle. The student-led project team worked in collaboration with many offices and organizations across the...View Project »
PennRoute is an improved routing system for Penn Shuttles on campus that seeks to optimize the quality and efficiency shuttle service. Penn Shuttle drivers enter passengers' addresses on a tablet,...View Project »
Franklin’s Farmers was established in Fall 2011 as a network of gardeners at Penn who cultivate fresh fruits and vegetables along with community, health, and environmental awareness. These...View Project »

Spring 2011

Chi Omega Sorority A series of water conservation retrofits at the Chi Omega Chapter house will bridge the 2010-2011 Year of Water and 2011-2012 Year of Games. Retrofits being installed at the Chi...View Project »
Penn Children's Center The PCC at 31st & Chestnut Streets will add a composter and raised planter beds to the center’s urban garden. The garden is flourishing with the help of Penn Children's...View Project »
Perelman School of Medicine Laboratories have high air exchange requirements and energy demanding equipment make research buildings on Penn's campus the highest producers of carbon emissions (37% of...View Project »
The Morris Arboretum received a Green Fund Grant to purchase and install an EPA-certified hydronic heater unit (an outdoor wood-fired boiler) to minimize the need for heating oil to heat the Mechanic...View Project »

Fall 2010

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts installed a new mobile, digital, LED-based system of intelligent follow spotlights to replace its current 40-year...View Project »
Penn Parking Services will install charging stations on campus to provide power for electric PhillyCarShare and Zipcar vehicles. Following the revision of an agreement with the City of Philadelphia,...View Project »
Civic House Additional support has been awarded to the Green Acorn Certification Program, a Fall 2009 Green Fund project, to raise awareness about the initiative through an expanded marketing and...View Project »
Information Systems & Computing Information Systems & Computing will install a desktop energy management program on 1500-2000 systems that enables departments to minimize desktop energy use...View Project »
PENN WOMEN’S CENTER The Penn Environmental Education Kitchen (PEEK) is a Green Fund project that supports the mission of the University Women’s Center by integrating important environmental lessons...View Project »
A Fall 2010 Green Fund Grant provided funding for the installation of LED lighting in 12 heavily used classrooms in Williams Hall. This project is part of a long-term goal of replacing fluorescent...View Project »

Spring 2010

OFFICE OF FRATERNITY AND SORORITY AFFAIRS The Greening of the Castle Fraternity is a multifaceted project that reduced energy consumption and overall greenhouse gas emissions at the Castle Fraternity...View Project »
TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH LAB Installation of a 6x100 KVAR automatic capacitor bank at the Translational Research Lab (TRL) to improve the building’s energy performance. A 480 volt secondary switchboard...View Project »
The Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) installed a worm composting system in Fall 2010 for the dual purpose of reducing the amount of food waste in the building and educating staff about the...View Project »
CHARLES ADDAMS HALL The Shades of Green project is an ecological retrofit of Addams Hall. Proposed retrofits focus on energy and water conservation in the most heavily used areas of the building –...View Project »
The Department of Chemistry installed a 20-yard recycling compactor and a 6-yard trash compactor to facilitate the implementation of a department-wide lab glass and lab metal recycling program. The...View Project »
NEW BOLTON CENTER The New Bolton Center (NBC) is a 600 acre campus of Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine. The campus is located in Kennett Square, PA and consists of over 72 separate buildings...View Project »
COLLEGE HOUSING AND ACADEMIC SERVICES Installation of thirty occupancy sensors to monitor and control energy for heating/cooling units in the Quad. The occupancy sensors were installed in August 2010...View Project »
SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE Installation of a 1,000-2,000 gallon storm water collection tank and drought resistant plantings in the Old Vet Quad Courtyard Green Space. SVM will investigate using...View Project »

Fall 2009

The Green Acorn Business Certification is a student-run initiative started by the Penn Environmental Group that creates a streamlined certification process for local businesses that use green...View Project »
Originally designed as married student housing, Mayer Hall features apartments with larger kitchens and multiple bedrooms. Students interested in cooking and large apartments gravitate to Mayer Hall...View Project »
Penn garden is a project aimed at educating the Penn community about urban agriculture and advocating for environmentally responsible food systems. The project outcomes included the construction and...View Project »
FELS INSTITUTE OF GOVERNMENT A managed competition for energy reduction and behavior change in select College Houses. The Energy Showdown hosted its first competition in the Spring 2010 semester. The...View Project »
MORRIS ARBORETUM Getting from Point A to Point B is a project aimed at providing easy, free, safe, and environmentally conscious transportation from Penn’s urban campus to the Morris Arboretum. In...View Project »
SIGMA CHI FRATERNITY Window installation was completed during the Fall 2010 semester to achieve energy-saving building envelope improvements for an historic building. The project replaced 36 severely...View Project »
UNIVERSITY CITY DISTRICT A student-led energy efficiency plan for retail merchants in Penn’s off-campus properties along 40th Street. The 40th Street Sustainability Smackdown was held from October 11...View Project »
SCHOOL OF MEDICINE Lighting retrofits for School of Medicine buildings, including installation of occupancy sensors and LED fixtures. The Perelman School of Medicine has installed approximately 200...View Project »
The Division of Public Safety (DPS) received Green Fund support in Fall 2009 for the purchase of a T3 Series three-wheeled electric vehicle to support a DPS patrol initiative. This vehicle is used by...View Project »