Power Down Challenge 2018
2018’s Power Down Challenge took place during the week of March 19-23. Penn Sustainability partnered with various groups from the Penn community for workshops and informative events on energy reduction, including the School of Design, the School of Nursing, Penn’s Purchasing Program, and the Penn Beekeeping Club. Events hosted by Penn Sustainability included a tour of the MOD 7 Chiller Plant from Walt Molishus, Shift Operation Manager, a sustainability student Town Hall, and a campus sculpture tour, led by University Curator Lynn Marsden-Atlass. Due to a March snowstorm, the single-day, campus-wide Energy Reduction Challenge, scheduled for Wednesday, March 21, was cancelled when the University closed. However, the FRES energy team was able to use the closure to calculate some interesting statistics that would have otherwise been unavailable about energy use on days when the University is closed compared to when it is open. Consistent with the Power Down Challenges in previous years, the Penn facilities office are making a contribution to the Penn Center for Undergraduate Research Fellowships to make additional funding available for the Penn Undergraduate Research Mentorship program in 2019. The $7000 contribution is based on the 7% average reduction that the University has seen over the last several years during the annual Energy Reduction Challenge.