30x30 Brings 300+ Outdoors

August 24, 2015

Penn employees welcomed the beginning of warmer weather this spring by getting outdoors for at least 30 minutes each day, as part of the University’s 2015 30x30 Challenge.  Program registrants numbered 345, with almost half of them joining a Facebook group dedicated to the Challenge.  Events included walks along the Schuylkill River and from campus to Bartram’s Gardens, and tours of Penn with University Landscape Architect, Bob Lundgren.

The majority of 30x30 participants said the Challenge reminded them to get outside more often, according to a post-program survey. Some said the Challenge made them appreciate the outdoors on rainy days, and notice the weather more and the change of seasons.  Nearly 80% of respondents they were inspired to continue getting outside daily, even when the Challenge was over.

Suggested improvements included the creation of walking maps of campus, setting up incentives or prizes, and to give out a badge or lanyard that would identify people to each other as 30x30 participants.

30x30 is inspiring others in the Penn community to look at similar group programs. The FRES Sustainability Office has been tapped by those in Human Resources who steer Penn’s wellness efforts to model programs after this one.  

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