Staff & Faculty Eco-Reps Program

The Staff & Faculty Eco-Reps Program is a peer education program that provides the tools to improve the environmental sustainability of Penn offices and labs. Staff & Faculty Eco-Reps work with campus stakeholders and within their departments and offices to develop educational events, activities, and campaigns aimed at supporting the University’s environmental goals and Climate and Sustainability Action Plan. Initiatives include energy conservation, waste and recycling practices, alternative transportation, consumer choices, and more. 

The program is comprised of over 140 staff and faculty members across the University representing a diverse set of offices, schools, and centers.


A Steering Committee helps guide the program

  • Elizabeth Main, FRES, Penn Sustainability
  • Nel Reynolds Snyder (chair), Penn Medicine Development
  • Beth Delaney (chair), Development and Alumni Relations
  • Varvara Kountouzi (chair), Penn Libraries
  • Ray Aull (co-chair of Membership Subcommittee), Penn Procurement Services
  • Kelly Hartman (co-chair of Membership Subcommittee), VPUL Facilities and Events Management
  • Marie-Luise Faber (co-chair of Education Subcommittee), EHRS
  • Chris Klaniecki (co-chair of Communications Subcommittee), Penn Global
  • Ellen Iwamoto (co-chair of Communications Subcommittee), Annenberg Public Policy Center

Mission Statement

Designed to improve environmental awareness and behavior change, the program builds knowledge and leadership across Penn's schools and centers by empowering individuals to champion the goals outlined in Penn's Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0.


Participating staff and faculty volunteers meet monthly to share best sustainable practices between departments, and attend brief trainings by the Penn Sustainability Office on sustainability topics. Eco-Reps then implement change spreading awareness of important sustainability issues and conservation strategies in their respective offices and departments through projects, events, and creative informational campaigns.

For information about the Staff & Faculty Eco-Reps Program, please email

Get Involved

Are you motivated to make your office, lab, or larger Penn community more green? Apply to the Staff & Faculty Eco-Reps program to get information, support, and peer problem-solving!

Penn's Eco-Rep program is the premier place for employees to who want to reduce Penn's environmental footprint and enhance the workplace by educating and engaging others in more sustainable actions.


  • Coordinate/join a Green Team in your department to implement sustainability initiatives
  • Consider working with your Green Team or office to achieve Green Office Certification or Green Labs Commitment 
  • Communicate with your department about sustainability at least once a month
  • Share information with other Eco-Reps about your initiatives
  • Ask for advice if you encounter challenges - at our monthly meetings or via Microsoft Teams
  • Act as a liaison to Facilities and Real Estate Services (FRES) for eco-ideas and issues
  • Attend monthly meetings



Fill out our application form in order to apply to be part of the Staff & Faculty Eco-Reps program.

After you hit submit, keep an eye out for information about upcoming meetings. If you have any questions on the status of your application, please email

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Learn more about the positions on the Eco-Reps Steering Committee and meet the current members of the committee!

recycling bins

An alphabetical listing of current Staff & Faculty Eco-Reps, including school or center, and department.

library shelves

This page contains useful resources for Staff & Faculty Eco-Reps intended to help members with project implementation, education, and methodology. 

Recycling Collection Locations

A wide variety of special items such as batteries, shoes, pens, and eyeglasses are collected at sites across campus.