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Sustainability Initiatives

Residential Services, in partnership with College Houses and Academic Services, Facilities and Real Estate Services, Penn Sustainability and other Penn departments, has created countless opportunities for students to engage in sustainable practices while living on-campus. Residential Services staff are also committed to modeling sustainable practices in their own work environments in Stouffer Commons, the Colleges Houses and Sansom Place.

Recycling Initiatives

  • Batteries
  • Light Bulbs
  • Ink Cartridges
  • Repurposing of College House Lobby Furniture
  • Single-Stream Recycling
  • Secure Shredding and Recycling

Sustainability Awareness

  • Reusable Water Bottles
  • Dining: Reusable Utensils
  • Residential Services: Reusable Recycling Bags
  • Green Office Certification
  • Office Cleanup Days
  • Water Bottle Fill Stations (Sansom Place, College Houses)


Since 2008, Residential Services has orchestrated an effort to collect unwanted items from the College Houses and Sansom Place. To date, PennMoves has collected over a half-million pounds of items, including clothing and other goods, that students are unable to take with them when they leave campus at the end of the academic year. All donated items are turned over to Goodwill, which distributes them through their stores.

Lauder College House

The Lauder College House was designed and constructed to achieve LEED Silver Certification for new construction through the U.S. Green Building Council. Special attention was paid to creating access to landscaped outdoor space, storm water management and reduced water usage.

Penn Community Garden

Through the support of a diverse group of gardening aficionados, the Penn Community Garden continues to thrive and provide multiple benefits that stretch the plot located just west of Rodin College House.

For more information, visit the Community Garden's Facebook page at

Power Down Challenge

Sponsored by Penn Sustainability, this month-long campaign is held to promote energy literacy and conservation efforts across campus. Several events are typically planned during the Power Down Challenge initiative and center around energy reduction. In addition to the pre-planned events hosted by Penn Sustainability, students can submit their own Power Down events.