History of Sustainability

Penn’s commitment to sustainable practices dates as far back to the 1980’s, with the appearance of a recycling truck at Spring Fling. That was only the beginning, as Penn’s efforts have increased exponentially over the years. The Penn Sustainability is at the helm of developing initiatives for a more sustainable campus, but many centers, student groups and other sustainability programs have also been developed to address this need.

1980’s

Students sit atop a recyling truck in the Quad at Spring Fling

Students sit atop a recycling truck in the Quad at Spring Fling.

1990’s

Penn Recycling: Going into High Gear

An article on the arrival of a 10-ton capacity recycling truck on campus.

2000’s

UA Resolution on Recycling

The Undergraduate Assembly published a resolution to create a centralized recycling program.