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February, 2019

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 1:00pm

There will be a Green Labs meeting on Friday, February 22 at 1pm in the Clinical research Building (CRB), Room 302. Please join the Green Labs group to discuss ways to improve sustainability practices in Penn lab spaces. Please reach out to Elicia Preston ( with any questions.


Tuesday, February 26, 2019 (All day) to Thursday, February 28, 2019 (All day)

Sustainability leaders from the world’s largest companies gather each year at the GreenBiz forum to explore pressing challenges and emerging opportunities in sustainable business. The event offers a rich blend of presentations, workshops and networking opportunities framed by the State of Green Business report, GreenBiz Group’s award-winning annual research report, analyzing key sustainability metrics and trends.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Join us for our February Staff and Faculty Eco-Reps meeting, where we will hear a presentation from JP Mascaro & Sons, Penn's hauler for trash and recycling on campus.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 6:00pm

Marcy Rockman, Ph.D., RPA

IPCC Team Lead, Climate Change and Heritage Working Group
International Council on Monuments and Sites

Presented by The PennDesign Graduate Program in Historic Preservation and The Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:30pm

This workshop, “The Resource Revolution of Water Reuse,” will bring together senior leaders from communities, industry, government, universities and NGOs work together to discuss how to implement water reuse programs that will help build a more sustainable water future. This event is free. Register here!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:30pm

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 12:00pm

Making Climate Data Public

March, 2019

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Stop by the Perelman School of Medicine's E-Waste Collections at BRB and Smilow to recycle "anything with a plug," including keyboards, mice, and charging cords, as well as phones, cameras, and computer parts. This e-waste collection is part of the 2019 Power Down Challenge.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Join us for a workshop on getting your office certified under the Green Office program or your lab committed to Green Labs @ Penn. Lunch will be provided! RSVP to

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 1:30pm to 4:00pm

Stop by our table to share how you plan to conserve energy during the 24-Hour Energy Reduction Challenge! Make a pledge and get coffee, tea, or hot chocolate (BYO mug, please!)

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 (All day)

When the clock strikes midnight on March 20th, join the entire Penn community and participate in the campus-wide Energy Reduction Challenge. Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to reduce their energy usage over a 24-hour period, from 12:00AM to 11:59PM on Wednesday, March 20th. Turn off your lights, unplug your appliances, turn down the heat, and put on a sweater! Let's see how much energy we can save together.

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 8:00am to 3:00pm

Lack of clean water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) is still a global crisis associated with excess deaths among children, high morbidity, and crippling development. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #6 is to provide access to clean water, adequate sanitation and hygiene for everyone by the year 2030. Access to WASH is a stated public policy goal of all nations, yet every single country still experiences WASH inequalities.

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Stop by the Law School's E-Waste Collection to recycle "anything with a plug," including keyboards, mice, and charging cords, as well as phones, cameras, and computer parts. This e-waste collection is part of the 2019 Power Down Challenge.

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

The U.S. energy storage sector has seen a major expansion in recent years. By the end of 2018, there were 33 GW of storage projects in the pipeline. FERC Order 841 and State initiatives have accelerated this deployment which has been focused on projects co-locating renewable energy and storage and large-scale storage. But the expansion of competition may drive challenges. This panel of experts will review the state of the energy storage sector, as well as the outlook for the coming years.

Friday, March 22, 2019 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

Stop by Penn Dental Medicine's E-Waste Collection to recycle "anything with a plug," including keyboards, mice, and charging cords, as well as phones, cameras, and computer parts. This e-waste collection is part of the 2019 Power Down Challenge.

Saturday, March 23, 2019 (All day)

Sustainable Solutions is hosting its inaugural competition to identify outstanding projects that tackle the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The competition is open to high schoolers and college students and will be held on March 23, 2019 in the Fisher Fine Arts Library.

Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 5:30pm

On March 23rd, Isla Urbana at Penn will be hosting a Walk for Water to support the Isla Urbana Foundation in combating the water crisis in Mexico City through the installation of rainwater harvesting systems into the most vulnerable communities and schools. Join us for a walk through Penn’s campus that will end with a party at the Class of 1923 ice skating rink! Music, food, and t-shirts will be provided. 

June, 2019

Friday, June 21, 2019 (All day)

In recognition of McHarg’s legacy, the department of landscape architecture at Penn is establishing The Ian L. McHarg Center—a nexus of research, teaching, and advocacy for improving the relationship between cities and their landscapes, and processes of urbanization and ecosystems. The Center’s official launch is a part of Design with Nature Now?—an international symposium to be held in Philadelphia in the summer of 2019, marking the 50th anniversary of McHarg’s magnum opus, ‘Design with Nature’.