GreenFest Credit: Jing Ran , Jing Ran, Jing Ran

Although the leaves are changing colors, things are still green at Penn.

This year’s Fall Green Week began Oct. 21, and will run until Oct. 28 . Once a semester,  the Student Sustainability Association at Penn hosts the event,  which broaches a number of environmental issues . The Penn Environmental Group,  the Kelly Writers House , and the Penn Vegan Society are also hosting events as part of Green Week. 

This year, Fall Green Week began with the official launch of Penn’s Climate Action Plan 2.0 , which includes the goal of reducing carbon usage by seven percent and overall building energy by 10 percent by 2019 .

Other highlights of the week included planting a new orchard in Penn Park on Thursday . The festivities continued on Friday with GreenFest , which covered College Green with activities and booths run by Green Acorn , Fossil Free Penn and the Urban Nutrition Initiative , among others.

“I would say it’s overall intention is to raise awareness about environmental policy at Penn and how we, as members of the Penn community, can be more engaged and make more sustainable lifestyle choices,” Undergraduate Assembly and SSAP liaison and College sophomore Kat McKay said.

To continue Fall Green Week, PEG and the Eco-Reps will be holding a tap versus bottled water comparison test on Locust Walk on Monday . The final event of the week is a discussion held by the Penn Entrepreneurship Community which will cover sustainability and green business models on Tuesday .

“There is definitely work to be done, which is why these groups serve such an important purpose in the campus community,” McKay said.

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