Sustainability Timeline

1980’s – Recycling truck appearance at Spring Fling (see photo at link!)


October 1990 – 10-ton capacity recycling truck on campus


September 2000 – UA Resolution on Recycling to create a centralized recycling program


2007 – Penn President Amy Gutmann is the first Ivy League President to sign the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)


2007 – Green Campus Partnership

- Addresses environmental sustainability planning and policy development at Penn, coordinates programs and initiatives for a more sustainable campus

- Led to the formation of the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee (ESAC)


2009 – First Climate Action Plan

- Goal of making climate change and sustainability part of the curriculum and educational experience for students and faculty

- Arbor Day Foundation designates Penn as Tree Campus USA®

- Award received each subsequent year [CHECK! At least 2013, per sustainability site]


2010 – Master of Environmental Building Design


2012 – Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER)

- Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum (ISAC) Program

- Helps Penn faculty introduce environmental sustainability into new and existing courses

- Past/present courses in Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Studies, Engineering, History, Law, Organizational    Dynamics, etc.

- Course inventory available via ISAC website


2013--The Solid Waste Management for University of Pennsylvania was created 

-Facilities Waste Management and Recycling website was created. A useful tool for understanding our various waste streams on campus and what can and cannot be recycled. Also is a resource for standard university bin signage. 


2014 – Penn's Climate Action Plan 2.0 was launched 

-Furniture Life Cycle Reuse Process created as the School of Arts & Sciences 


2016 – Penn's Annual Power Down Challenge campaign became collaborative and saved 220.640kWh in 24 hours on February 24th 2016