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April, 2019

Monday, April 22, 2019 - 12:00pm

Pedagogy of the Climate Changed: Teaching and Learning with Water

Bethany Wiggin, Associate Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures and Founding Director of Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH)

This will be a Special Earth Day Edition of the 60-Second Lecture, with an introduction by Dan Garofalo, Environmental Sustainability Director.

For more information, visit the SAS website.

Monday, April 22, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:00pm

This Earth Day, do your part by participating in our Cigarette Butt Cleanup Walk! We will split up into small groups to cover an assigned section of campus. Each group will need one person with an iPhone to download the Rubbish app, which will be used to log the locations of cigarette butts on campus. Gloves and trash bags will be provided! Your work will help clean Penn's campus and identify areas not in compliance with Penn's tobacco-free campus policy.

Monday, April 22, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Please join us for a Sustainability Town Hall event hosted by Penn's Student Advisory Group for the Environment (SAGE). Come talk with other students about environmental issues, learn about trends in campus sustainability, and share your feedback.

This event is open to all undergraduate and graduate Penn students. Light refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 (All day) to Wednesday, April 24, 2019 (All day)

The Water Center at Penn and the Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN) is hosting an Urban Water Sustainability Workshop to discuss opportunities for involvement with the $12M National Science Foundation Sustainability Research Network (SRN). Contact them at

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm

Aaron has over 20 years of international investment and advisory experience focusing on technology, energy, agriculture and waste. At Ultra Capital, a sustainable infrastructure investment fund based in San Francisco, Mr. Ratner is the Managing Director responsible for project origination, as well as a member of the Board of Directors and the Investment Committee. Prior to joining Ultra, Aaron was a Developer in Residence at Generate Capital. From 2012 to 2014, he was the President of i2 Capital, an impact investment merchant bank with a focus on landscape-scale conservation finance.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 1:00pm to 6:00pm

Dr. Jonathan Raab of Raab Associates, Ltd. serves as the convener and moderator of the Roundtable and is responsible for developing agendas, securing speakers, and facilitating meetings.

Friday, April 26, 2019 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Come hang out with all of your favorite environmental groups on campus, as well as some community groups from the greater Philadelphia area!

For more information, please visit the Student Sustainability Association at Penn (SSAP) Facebook event.

Friday, April 26, 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Join Penn’s Student Eco-Reps and our University partners for a fun and informative event showcasing campus sustainability projects in Housekeeping, Nursing, the McHarg Center, Wolf Humanities Center, Landscape Architecture, and more. This event is a valuable opportunity to learn from our student leaders about the impacts of their projects, their collaborations with campus departments, and to hear how these outcomes can inform future ideas and operational practices at Penn.

Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

Expand your gardening knowledge and discover how to help plants and flowers grow. Be inspired by a visit to the beautifully landscaped Morris Arboretum. Explore three gardens that will surprise you, and sketch your own special garden. Learn how to choose garden plants, experiment with seeds, and create your own indoor or outdoor garden. 

May, 2019

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Bring a book, get a book, and take a treat! All books not taken in the swap will be given to Books 4 Cause, an organization that collects donations of any kind of books, small electronics, and CDs. Books 4 Cause work in the Midwest and the Mid-Atlantic, shipping everything back to Chicago to either be sent to universities and libraries in Africa, sold in the US, or distributed to kids in need in Chicago. Any books that don’t meet those three needs will be recycled.

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’.