You know spring is here when it’s time for Penn’s 30x30 Challenge. The 30x30 Challenge is an effort to encourage the Penn community to get outside, learn about local ecology and appreciate the beauty of nature. Join Penn’s 30x30 Challenge and challenge yourself to spend at least 30 minutes outdoors in nature each day for all 30 days of April. The Challenge runs from April 1-30.
Did you know that, according to the EPA, Americans spend approximately 90% of their time indoors? Over the last decade, researchers have been documenting what many of us know intuitively—that nature is good for our health and well-being. Regularly immersing yourself in a natural setting—like a park, forest, or field—can reduce stress while boosting immunity, energy levels, and creativity.
To earn 20 Bonus Action Points for HR’s Be in the Know campaign, follow these steps:
- Register for the challenge at https://tinyurl.com/y5zfz9d3 by April 2. It is open to all Penn students, staff and faculty.
- Attend at least one of the qualifying events listed below.
- At the end of April, sign a pledge that you completed the challenge.
30x30 2019 Penn Sustainability Activities
|April 2||Kick-Off Picnic||noon-1 p.m., College Green by Peace statue|
|April 5||HR Wellness Walk, register: https://tinyurl.com/yyx9xofw||noon-1 p.m., College Green by Ben Franklin statue|
|April 8||Schuylkill River Walk, register: https://tinyurl.com/yxaqpntx||noon-1 p.m., Meet in front of Singh Center for Nanotechnology, 3205 Walnut St.|
|April 11||Tour of Penn Park Orchard, register: https://tinyurl.com/y48ueebx||noon-1 p.m., College Green by Peace statue|
|April 16||Campus Ecology Tour, register: https://tinyurl.com/yymhg33j||noon-1 p.m., Shoemaker Green in front of Palestra|
|April 19||Yoga on Shoemaker Green||noon-1 p.m., Shoemaker Green|
Earth Day: 60-Second Lecture “Pedagogy of the Climate Changed: Teaching and Learning with Water," Bethany Wiggin, associate professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures and Founding Director of Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH)
|College Green, Ben Franklin statue|
|April 22||Earth Day: Cigarette Butt Cleanup Walk||12:30-1 p.m., Meet at the southwest corner of 34th and Walnut Sts.|
|April 26||Greenfest||2-5 p.m., College Green|
|April 30||Nature Sketch Event, register: https://tinyurl.com/yxa3glhe||noon-1 p.m., Biopond by Goddard Labs|