Environmental Wellness is not limited to the outdoors and involves anything that influences our environment and our capacity to be safe and feel safe.
Making the healthy choice the easy choice is a main goal at Penn and can positively influence environmental wellness. The Healthier Campus Initiative certification sought to improve wellness through a commitment to change 23 aspects of the Penn environment. Some examples of the changes we made included improving bike infrastructure around campus, so biking is a safe and accessible form of active transportation, and working closely with Penn Dining to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables offered at every meal, which improves access to balanced and nutritious meals.
You can look at gardens or take virtual tours or just explore campus trees and landscapes via the map.
Dr. Justin McDaniel is best known to Penn students as the “monk class” professor. Interested in Buddhism since adolescence, he immersed himself in Buddhist culture and became a monk while volunteering in Thailand and Laos. Come hear about his challenging but liberating monastic experiences and how they shaped his current life and academic journey that brought him to Penn.