Campus & Community

A road map for climate action and sustainability

Ten years after releasing its original Climate Action Plan, the University of Pennsylvania has launched the Climate & Sustainability Action Plan 3.0, outlining Penn’s goals for improved environmental performance from 2019 to 2024.

Amanda Mott

‘Power of design’

In a ceremony Thursday afternoon, President Amy Gutmann celebrated the naming of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design and Stuart Weitzman Plaza. Weitzman, the designer and footwear industry icon, graduated from the Wharton School in 1963.

Louisa Shepard

Get out the student vote

Penn Leads the Vote, the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, and the Office of Government and Community Affairs work in tandem to make Penn a civic-minded population of voters in all elections.

Tina Rodia



In the News


Philadelphia Inquirer

Philadelphia brings in tent hospitals and extra staff for the coming coronavirus surge

The Perelman School of Medicine’s Jeremy Cannon is leading the effort to prepare HUP for a surge of COVID-19 patients, with plans to convert the Quadrangle and part of Spruce Street into a field hospital. Meanwhile, more than a dozen Penn nurses, including Katherine Major, have volunteered to administer chemotherapy and other intravenous medications in patients’ homes.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn to provide $4 million in emergency financial assistance to employees, contractors, small businesses

Penn will provide $4 million in emergency funding to support local workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic. “This is a crucial time for civic leadership,” President Amy Gutmann said.

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The Washington Post

Spring sport athletes can officially receive an extra year of eligibility after NCAA Division I Council vote

M. Grace Calhoun of Athletics commented on the NCAA Division I Council’s decision to grant all athletes participating in a spring sport an extra year of eligibility in response to the coronavirus pandemic. “The Council’s decision gives individual schools the flexibility to make decisions at a campus level,” she said. “The Board of Governors encouraged conferences and schools to take action in the best interest of student-athletes and their communities, and now schools have the opportunity to do that.”

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Wharton will fast track a course on managing business during a pandemic crisis

Mauro Guillén of the Wharton School spoke about the School’s new online course Epidemics, National Disasters, and Geopolitics: Managing Global Business and Financial Uncertainty. “We’re covering every topic we think is relevant from a business or economic perspective,” he said. “The virus has become a global pandemic because we’re such an interconnected society. We’ll be looking at every possible angle.”

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Philadelphia Inquirer

‘It’s go time for spring’: Blossoms, buds, and temperatures are popping

Bill Cullina, executive director of the Morris Arboretum, talked about the transition from winter to spring. “I would say within the next couple of weeks it’s going to be safe to plant cold vegetables, things like onions and cabbage,” he said. “Get out there and enjoy it.”

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