Center for Environmental Building & Design

Frame of Mongolian Ger

Ger are the traditional, tent-like dwellings of the Mongolian herder nomads (called Yurts in Russian).

Ger test ranch.

Test site of 6 heavily instrumented ger with various improvements

Working with UNICEF and the Mongolian non-profit GerHub, a team from PennDesign’s Center for Environmental Building and Design and KieranTimberlake Architects is auditing the thermal performance of six improved ger at a test site and five occupied ger in the ger district of Ulaanbaatar.

Bar graph showing levels of emissions.

Energy, carbon, and financial analysis of climate action plan scenarios for buildings.

Charts showing statistics.

Investigating the development of a game about energy sustainability.

Map of Philadelphia area with certain areas highlighted

A report on Phase I of this project, as well as a proposal for delivering an evaluation of the energy pathways for the Philadelphia Region in Phase II.

Photos of buildings compared to infrared photos of the same buildings.

This report seeks to improve and increase the utility of building information collected over the years, using development of pertinent energy metrics for tailored reports, as well as mathematical techniques to verify correlations.

Map of University of Pennsylvania health system.

An initial effort to develop and analyze the carbon footprint of the UPHS. This footprint is a part of a larger effort to account for the carbon produced beyond the main University of Pennsylvania campus.

Map of Morris Arboretum.

An initial effort to develop and analyze the carbon footprint of the Morris Arboretum. This footprint is a part of a larger effort to account for the carbon produced beyond the main University of Pennsylvania campus.

Map of New Bolton

An initial effort to develop and analyze the carbon footprint of the School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center. This footprint is a part of a larger effort to account for the carbon produced beyond the main University of Pennsylvania campus.

University of Pennsylvania Sustainability Plan


The University of Pennsylvania’s large urban campus produces environmental impacts in many different ways.