Philadelphia Summer, Urban Regen & Sustainable Design

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Program Description

Be part of the first group to experience a program like no other and see how Philadelphia is leading the way towards sustainability in the USA. Our pilot program will be launching in the Summer of 2015.

This program accredited by Philadelphia University and the College of Architecture & The Built Environment for a M.S. level, is a transferable 3 credit course. Gain rare access to urban retrofitting and sustainable development projects throughout the city. Spend 9 days in The GREEN Program’s home city to experience a hot-spot where local government policies in the USA are making impactful changes towards a greener future. Don’t forget about Philadelphia’s unique food and music culture too!


Projected Itinerary:

Day 1:
-Welcome to Philadelphia! Airport pickups
-Philadelphia University campus tour
-Housing check-in
-Team introductions & welcome
-Intro to Philadelphia’s sustainable initiatives
-Studio Introductions & identify the project
-Capstone Project launch

Day 2:
-Sustainable design studio
-Center City city-walking tour & Site Visit/Historic District tour
-Downtown lunch experience: the famous Reading Terminal Market
-Guiding Principles Class
-Benchmarks Session
-Capstone development

Day 3:
-Pre-charrette & integrated design process
-Lunch with Philly’s food truck
-Tour The Barnes Foundation
-Capstone development

Day 4:
-PECO Tour - Green Roof & US Green Building Council
-Service learning activities
-Visit Philadelphia’s Impact Hub
-Scavenger hunt through Old City
-Historic Old City dinner
-Philadelphia concert, music, & culture Experience

Day 5:
-Class at Philadelphia University
-Residential sustainability implementation & culture exploration in Amish Lancaster County
-Delaware Water Gap hike & adventure
-BBQ & picnic Dinner
-Sunset hike

Day 6:
-Solar training tour
-Lunch at Italian Market
-Philadelphia’s water facility tour
-Eastern State Penitentiary Tour
-Capstone development

Day 7:
-Navy Yard tour - Solar Installation Center
-Visit Sustainable home implementations
-Lincoln Financial Field Wind Turbine tour
-XFinity Live! Lunch
-Phillies baseball game experience
-Dinner with music performances
-Capstone development

Day 8:
-Post Charrette & Capstone presentations
-Boardwalk beach Lunch
-Beach excursion
-Final dinner & reflections
-Sunset beach boardwalk experience

Day 9:
-Airport dropoffs & departures

What`s Included

-6 lectures from industry leaders and faculty from Philadelphia University’s School of Sustainable Design

-Exclusive industry access to Philadelphia’s local and governmental institutions and professional facilities

-Access to directors and project managers within the industry and local government

-All breakfasts, lunches, dinners with local cuisine (*We accommodate vegetarian diets)

-All lodging in various locations in Philadelphia

-All in-country program transportation

-In-country general medical insurance

-Comprehensive understanding of Philadelphia’s sustainable design initiatives on a local and governmental level

-Unique music, food, and amish cultural immersion experiences

-Exciting adventure excursions in Philadelphia including hikes, water excursions, city tours, and more


Architecture, Business, Business Admin. & Management, Business Management, Business Studies Grad Level, Design, Engineering, Environmental Management Systems / Policy, International Business, Landscape Architecture, Public Admin, Public Policy, Govt, Sustainable Development

Program Locations

Philadelphia, United States

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The GREEN Program
  • United States: Philadelphia
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