Compost Tea

Penn treats the campus soil, grass, and plants with compost tea -- an organic alternative to chemical fertilizers

Green Fund Projects

Franklin's Farmers

Fall 2011
Urban Nutrition Initiative

  • Establishment of Franklin’s Farmers, a network of gardeners at Penn who cultivate community, health, and environmental awareness along with fresh fruits and vegetables. These individuals will receive trainings and in return, will donate a portion of their crops for community distribution in West Philadelphia. The group, representing all 12 Schools and Centers, will aim to host 24 gardening workshops and 16 healthy cooking workshops for 600 members of the Penn community throughout 2012. UNI will contribute support and funding for Franklin's Farmers through two student fellows.
Project Leader: 
Danny Gerber, Director, Urban Nutrition Initiative (UNI)
Project Sponsor: 
Ira Harkavy, Director, Netter Center for Community Partnerships


40% by 2014 is Penn's five-year goal for recycling paper, cardboard, and commingled materials.