Climate Week: September 21-25, 2020

Climate Week is a University-wide, week-long event happening Sept. 21 – 25. Climate Week will feature a number of events organized by various schools and centers at Penn, all related to sustainability and climate. Visit the Climate Week website at to check out the wide range of webinars, workshops, teach-ins, showcases, readings, climate storytelling, and a new set of 1.5* Minute Climate Lectures. Penn Sustainability will be hosting two events during the week:

Nature as Nurture: How 3 Philly Groups Are Improving Access
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
1:00PM – 2:00PM

Join the event here:

Join Penn Sustainability for an event featuring three local panelists as they highlight one critical issue of environmental justice – access to nature. Hear from Eugenia South from Penn Medicine, Kiasha Huling from University City Green, and Jerome Shabazz from the Overbrook Environmental Education Center about the impacts of nature on health, the history of the environmental movement, and how each organization is working to address issues of racial justice related to access to nature.
Green Labs Panel
Thursday, September 24, 2020
2:00PM – 3:00PM

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Help your lab reduce its environmental footprint, and come learn about Penn’s Green Labs commitment. Hear from lab staff who have gone through the commitment process about their experiences and specific sustainability initiatives within their labs. Our panel represents diverse labs across campus and will be comprised of:
• Emily Cribas, Perelman School of Medicine
• Sevile Mannickarottu, Penn Engineering
• Sarah Reidell, Penn Libraries
ReThink Your Footprint
This year’s ReThink Your Footprint campaign will align with Climate Week and will broadly encourage members of the Penn community to consider their environmental footprints and take action to reduce them.
Engage Through Our Interactive Social Media Campaign
During ReThink, we encourage the Penn community to take action to reduce their environmental footprint and engage with local organizations. Each day of the week, Penn Sustainability will highlight a different footprint (travel, shopping, etc.). Make sure you follow us on Facebook (@PennSustainability), Twitter (@GreenPenn), and Instagram (@PennSustainability), and look for the posts where we ask YOU to tag organizations in your area! We will be keeping track of who participates, and one lucky social media participant will win a Penn Sustainability swag basket!
Self-Report Recycling and Donations
Since we cannot hold recycling and donation collection events on campus due to COVID-19, we are asking for students, staff, and faculty to self-report any specialty items that they recycle or donate during the week that are not recyclable via single-stream recycling. Items include clothing, shoes, writing utensils, printer cartridges, electronic waste, light bulbs, batteries, books, and much more. Philadelphia residents can schedule doorstep pick-up of electronics and clothing through Retrievr!

Whatever you donate or recycle, please report it using our Qualtrics survey. We will be keeping track of who participates, and one lucky participant will win a Penn Sustainability swag basket! Visit Penn Sustainability’s ReThink Page to access the survey and for more information (

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