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Staff & Faculty Eco-Reps Awards

December 21, 2016
2016 Eco-Reps Award winners

On December 14th, Staff & Faculty Eco-Reps hosted their final meeting of the year with an awards luncheon recognizing exceptional members who have gone above and beyond in their role as sustainability ambassadors. This is a new feature of the program developed by the group’s Steering Committee, comprised of staff across various Penn schools and Centers.  

Under the leadership of their newlSteering Committee, Penn’s Staff & Faculty Eco-Reps moved into 2016 with a focus on accomplishing sustainability goals. The Steering Committee wanted to encourage everyone to make real changes in their offices, but recognized that Eco-Reps would need the tools with which to accomplish their goals. To that end, a January 2016 workshop on goal-setting and evaluation got everyone into planning mode. In June, the group re-visited their goals through the lens of a SPOT (strengths, problems, opportunities, threats) analysis led by Human Resources Development Strategist Holly Marrone.

In the fall, the Eco-Reps completed a self-evaluation form, where they stated their goal, noted if they accomplished it, and described any challenges they faced. The members of the Eco-Rep Steering Committee and the Sustainability Office staff were so impressed by the initiatives and whole-hearted effort that they read about on these forms, that they decided some sort of public recognition was warranted.  

Five awards were presented, plus two Honorable Mentions

  • Best Team Effort: The Nursing Eco-Reps (Joe Gomez, Lucia DiNapoli, Meredith Swinney)
  • Most Impactful: Danielle Cavalcanto (with green superhero cape for overall enthusiasm)
  • Most Creative: Ellen Iwamoto (with green glasses, in recognition of organizing the eyeglass recycling program)
  • Green Perseverance: Laura Sprague, Kris Forrest

Honorable Mentions

  • Ray Aull
  • Tracy Hawkins (with green pen, in recognition of organizing the writing instrument recycling program)

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