On Campus Green


February 2010

February 2010
A Note on College Green

Vincent Price

Sustainability has become an essential value at the heart of the Penn community.  I am especially proud, as Penn’s chief academic officer, that sustainability has taken root in diverse areas, exemplifying the Penn Compact’s emphasis on integrating knowledge across schools and disciplines.

Our Department of Earth and Environmental Science in the School of Arts and Sciences – along with its allied Institute for Environmental Studies – give our students and faculty a wide range of intellectual resources in this increasingly significant curricular area. The School of Design’s Department of Architecture and Penn Praxis help set the agenda for sustainable building and urban planning practices around the world, including an innovative graduate degree in Environmental Building Design.  The Law School’s Program on Law, Environment, and Economy explores key historical, theoretical, and public policy issues around natural resources.  A new minor in Sustainability and Environmental Management, organized by the Institute for Global Environmental Leadership in The Wharton School, helps students bring together perspectives from such varied fields as Legal Studies, Biology, and Information Management;  and the Energy and Sustainability minor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, focused on science and engineering, integrates those subjects with public policy, energy regulation, and social impact.

As we develop these curricular programs, we will also dedicate the 2010-2011 academic year to the theme of Water.  This will be our fourth academic theme year, and we expect it to focus attention on global issues of water and environmental sustainability.  Look for the upcoming announcement of the 2010 Penn Reading Project, in which all entering freshmen will read and discuss a water-related text as part of New Student Orientation in late August.

I look forward to continuing to work closely together, as a campus community, on these topics so vital to our shared future.
Vincent Price
Vincent Price

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Learning Sustainability Wharton Sustainability Website Wharton Sustainability Website Launches
In December, the Wharton School launched its new sustainability website, Sustainability@Wharton. The website provides a detailed look at sustainability initiatives across the Wharton community, including projects that have already been implemented and those that are currently under review... more
Man giving a presentation SAS Student Advisory Board Hosts First Sustainability Town Hall
The School of Arts and Sciences Student Sustainability Advisory Board hosted the first of a series of sustainability town hall meetings for fellow students to inform them of School and University initiatives currently underway, and answer questions regarding sustainability... more
MINIMIZING WASTE Power Down Communitech Helps Penn Recycle e-Waste
In support of RecycleMania, the School of Engineering and Applied Science’s (SEAS) Communitech group will host an electronic waste (e-waste) recycling event for the Penn community on Wednesday, February 3, from 10am to 4pm at Levine Hall... more
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Writing Instrument Recycling Recycle Your Writing Instruments, Printer Cartridges, and Batteries
Take advantage of the new and existing recycling programs available through Business Services... more
UA Recycling Pilot UA Pilots Personal Recycling Bins in Quad
In support of Penn's Climate Action Plan goal to recycle 40% of campus waste by 2014, the Undergraduate Assembly kicked off a pilot recycling bin program in Fisher-Hassenfeld College House over the weekend... more
Campus Recycling Rate
Conserving Energy Utility Data Campus Utility Data Available Online
Facilities and Real Estate Services (FRES) is now providing electric utility data online in an effort to encourage members of the Penn community to help the University conserve energy and make progress toward its goal of a 5% reduction in energy consumption by September 2010... more
Power Down 2009 Power Down Challenge Results
345 residents of Hill College House pledged to “power down and unplug” their lights and appliances before leaving for Winter Break, leading Hill to victory in the inaugural College House Power Down Challenge over Kings Court / English and Rodin... more
2bU Vending Machine New Energy-Efficient Vending Machines
Penn is the first University in the nation to introduce a new line of energy efficient, vending machines on campus called 2bU... more
Designing Green Music Building Music Building Kicks Off Spring Semester on a Good Note
The restoration and addition to Penn’s Music Building is an exhibit in sustainability, as the extensive acoustic and technological innovations in the new addition meet the practical demands of instruction and research while preserving its historic character.

“This project embodies the philosophy of taking care of our existing buildings and departments while preserving Penn’s legacy,” said University Architect David Hollenberg... more

Reducing Emissions Penn Transit Penn Commuter Survey Results
Business Services’ Transportation and Parking Department launched a Commuter Survey in conjunction with its annual Parking Survey for the first time this past fall.

The survey was developed to better understand the commuting patterns of the Penn Community and provide baseline data for the University’s Climate Action Plan... more

Supporting Local Foods & Farmers Compost Bin Composting Begins at Dining Halls
Bon Appétit at Penn Dining recently kicked off food waste composting in dining halls across the campus, an initiative that will divert an estimated 400 tons of food scraps from landfills annually... more
Food Week Food Week: Eat to Live
From February 1-5, Bon Appétit at Penn Dining is sponsoring Food Week, a series of events to promote healthy diet choices and awareness about what exactly happens to your food before it hits your plate... more
Leading The Green Laurie Cousart Laurie Cousart, Director of Dining Services
As one of the founding members of the Green Campus Partnership, Laurie has gone above and beyond the call of duty to enhance sustainability across the Penn campus. She oversees Penn’s Dining Services operations and has been involved in establishing local food and farmer’s markets on campus, not to mention helping bring in nationally-renowned Bon Appétit Management Company as the University’s new food service provider.

Click here to read the rest of our interview with Laurie.

Each issue, we recognize a member of the Penn community for his or her environmental sustainability efforts on campus. If you know someone at Penn who is "leading the green," let us know at sustainability@upenn.edu.


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