Now in its second year, the Green Living Certification program offers enhanced rewards for students making conscious decisions to reduce their environmental footprint at Penn. Partnerships with four local restaurants in University City offer a selection of discounts and incentives to certified students.


Penn’s Staff & Faculty Eco-Reps came face-to-face with the literally mountainous volume of waste generated in our city during their visit to Waste Management’s Philadelphia Material Recovery Facility.


Electronics like cell phones, computers, printers, TVs, and a long list of others are commonplace in today’s society.  The quick turnover of this technology, such as new cell phone models released each year, push innovation to the limit, but has stark consequences for our waste streams.  The United States, for example, produces 3.3 million tons of e-waste each year, compared to the 40 million tons produced globally (GOOD.IS).  This waste often has a higher value than most landfill content because of the costly materials from which electronics are manufactured. 


The Law School has been taking compostable waste in the courtyard since August. The program has been very successful. Each day a full bag’s worth of food waste is diverted from landfills. There is a broad range of participants, including students, faculty and staff. Housekeeping is also participating, in that they have agreed to service the bin each and keep it clean.


Got Milk?


Gregory College House is holding a student-led recycling competition in conjunction with their Building Administrator and Facilities staff. The Eco-Reps have been keeping a tally of the amount of recycling for each floor in both Van Pelt and Class of ’25. As of November 12, the race looked like:

1. VP 3rd floor - 58

2. VP 4th floor - 54

3. VP 2nd floor - 45

4. CL25 3rd floor - 31

5. CL25 1st floor - 30

6. CL25 2nd floor - 26

7. CL25 4th floor - 25

8. VP 1st floor – 14


The Climate Action Plan 2.0 report released in October 2014 highlighted many achievements on the first five years of Penn's Climate Action Plan, 2009-2014. 

The League of American Bicyclists recognized the University of Pennsylvania with a Silver Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) award, joining 100 visionary colleges and universities from across the country.


Playing now on Penn's YouTube channel is a short video produced for the launch of the University's Climate Action Plan 2.0.


Five years after releasing its original Climate Action Plan, the University of Pennsylvania today announced the launch of Climate Action Plan 2.0, a roadmap for environmental improvement and sustainability on campus to 2019 and beyond.



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