SPCA Donation

Today we were able to donate to SPCA our 67.5 pounds of linens and t-shirts collected during the Recycling Fair! Special thanks to Amanda and Daisy the dog at SPCA for making us feel welcome, Carvel Camp for his photography and transportation, and the to SAS Green Green team's support in this...

SAS Recycling Fair Results

Thank you to everyone who participated in the SAS Recycling Fair especially to the SAS Green Team members who volunteered! We collected 927 pounds of E-Waste, 67.5 pounds of linens/t-shirts for SPCA, 6 pairs of shoes for Community Recycling and 17 pairs of glasses for VSP Global...

SAS Recycling Fair November 4th

Please bring your donations!

ReThink Your Footprint

ReThink Your Footprint  will be held this year from November 1st-11th! All members of the University are encourage to participate in this campaign; the SAS Green Team has several events they are planning with more details to come! If you are not familar yet with ReThink please visit: ...

Earth Day Green Tour Earth Day Extravaganza

Festivities start at 2:30pm. We will meet at Hayden Hall (240 s. 33rdStreet) and do a walking tour of the campus with our expert tour guides who can talk about the sustainability initiatives that have been implemented on campus. The tour will end at the Steven A Levin lobby (425 S. University...

Power Down Challenge

Monday 2/1 will kick-off the 2016 Power Down Challenge hosted by Green Campus Partnership. Power Down Challenge will be run as a month-long energy reduction campaign, with a 24-hour campus wide energy reduction day on Wednesday, February 24th. Throughout the month of February education events...

Earth Day 2015

SAS Sustainability would like to thank everyone who came out for the 2015 Earth Day Tour of the Big Green Block. Participants were able to tour the 7 acre site which included tree trenches, pervious pavement, and rain water gardens with a tour guide from the Fairmount Water Works. Hope to see...

SAS Fall Celebration

On November 13th SAS had their staff Fall Celebration event at Houston Hall of Flags. Like last year this event was completely zero-waste with large beverage containers, compostable dishware, reuseable decorations and compost bins for all the waste to be collected in and sent to local farms....

3600 Green Office Certification Kick-Off

On October 2nd the 3600 Market Green Team hosted a Zero-Waste Potluck to kick off their pursuit of Level 2 Green Office Certification. All the attendants received free Reuseable mugs and CFL bulbs as well as lots of delicious food. A total of 5 lbs of waste was composted at the event and thanks...

Follow Up Waste Audit of Williams and Cohen Loading Dock

On September 23rd SAS Sustainability did a follow up waste audit of the Williams and Cohen Loading Dock. In conjuction with the procedure followed in 2013, Trash and Recycling was not collected at the loading dock for 48 hours prior to the audit. The streams were analyzed by content, weight, and...

SAS Sustainability Green Roof Tour

In celebration of Earth Day 2014 SAS Sustainability hosted a trip to the 45,000 square foot green roof at PECO headquarters in downtown Philadelphia. Attendees were able to paticipate in a tour of the green roof given by the the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. The roof was completed in 2009...

Zero-Waste SAS Finance & Administration Holiday Party

On December 18th SAS Finance and Administration held a Zero-Waste Holiday Party at Bodek Lounge in Houston Hall. Guests were provided with compostable dishware that was diverted from landfills via compost and recycling stations. Simple signage guided them through the Zero-Waste process. Thanks...

Zero-Waste Staff Appreciation Event

On November 19th 2013 SAS hosted a music themed school wide staff appreciation event. As part of SAS' Commitment to the REthink Your Footprint campaign, the entire event was run as Zero-Waste. The decorations and catering were both beautiful and reusable. The SAS Eco-Reps...

SAS Visits the Dirt Factory

On January 29, the SAS Sustainability team came together at 4308 Market St for a tour of the Dirt Factory, University City’s newest community composting facility. While the Dirt Factory is still in its first year of production, its two reclaimed Earth Tubs, purchased from Penn, are already hard...

Jaffe and Stouffer Win the 2012 Power Down Challenge!

Jaffe and Stouffer celebrate winning the 2012 Penn Power Down Challenge. The annual Power Down Challenge is run by the Penn Green Campus Partnership.  Between October 31st and November 18th of 2012, faculty, staff, and students sought to decrease energy use within their college houses...

SAS visits the Philadelphia Materials Recovery Facility

SAS recently took a trip to Waste Management's recycling center to see how our recyclables are being treated. The center's single-stream technology allows us to collect all recyclables in the same container, making recycling convenient and easy.

Penn Music Building, Photography © David Lamb
Music Building is LEED Gold

Given a goal of LEED Silver at the beginning of design, the Music Building project surpassed expectations and is the first LEED Gold building on campus. By exceeding targets set early in design, closely monitoring construction activities and the selection of materials and products, and with...

battery recycling box locations
Big Green Box

As part of their commitment to help increase the University recycling rate, Arts & Sciences has provided "Big Green Box" locations for alkaline battery recycling. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to bring used batteries from home, as well as deposit those from their labs or...

A Drink for Tomorrow, Sierra Leone
SSAB Fundraising Drive for A Drink for Tomorrow (ADFT), Philadelphia Global Water Initiative (PGWI), and the Year of Water

The SAS Student Sustainability Advisory Board (SAS SSAB) is hosting an event in conjunction with A Drink for Tomorrow (ADFT), Philadelphia Global Water Initiative (PGWI), and the Year of Water. It will be the kick off to a fund raising drive, with a goal of $5K to benefit the water...

University of Pennsylvania School of Arts & Sciences Music Building
Music Building LEED Certification

The magnificent renovation of the Music department’s historic home, combined with the construction of new contemporary space, celebrates both the distinguished traditions and the promising future of one of the most honored academic programs of the School of Arts and Sciences and the University....