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Feb 7, 2017

Today, February 22, is our campus-wide Energy Reduction Day! Each year, we designate a day of the Power Down Challenge to encourage the Penn Community to make a concerted effort to reduce energy consumption. Like last year, GCP will donate the equivalent sum of our energy savings as funding to the...

Feb 7, 2017

Tomorrow, GCP is hosting its first Penn Sweater Day! Join us at the Penn Women's Center tomorrow, February 8, from 11:30 to 1:00 to celebrate Power Down 2017, chat about sustainability and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. We'll be running a competition as well for the funkiest and coziest sweaters...

Jan 30, 2017

From Huntsman Hall to Joe’s Café, the staff in Wharton Operations works hard to make sure everything from scheduling to lighting in these buildings functions without a hitch. We sat down with David Mazzocco, Associate Director of Sustainability and Projects, Wharton Operations. Want to know more...

Jan 30, 2017

What’s the deal with that awesome new Pennovation Center? How about those water bottle filling stations? What’s a recycling center? For all these questions and more, we took to the engineering quad to discover the sustainability initiatives being undertaken by the School of Engineering and Applied...

Jan 30, 2017

Notice the new pre-game light show at the Palestra? The redesigned Hutchinson Gymnasium? The LEED Certified Weiss Weight Room? We caught up with the team responsible! Keith Maurer, Associate Director for Athletic Facilities, and Noah Gustkey, Assistant AD for Facilities, help manage the athletic...

Jan 23, 2017

The Tobacco Free Campus Task Force has been convened to identify strategies to ensure better compliance with Penn’s non-smoking policy. In spring 2017, the Task Force will be conducting a pilot project to determine if messaging about the negative environmental impact of smoking can change behavior...

Jan 12, 2017

LEED [Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design] is a well-known standard for certifying green buildings, but what does it really mean when buildings are LEED Certified? Why has Penn adopted it? We talked to Dan Garofalo, Sustainability Director, and David Hollenberg, the University Architect to...

Jan 11, 2017

This year, Penn Sustainability Office (PSO) is out to repeat the energy savings achieved during the 2016 Energy Reduction Challenge, which took place as part of the larger Power Down campaign. Similar to last year, savings from the challenge will be allocated to funding Climate Action Research...

Jan 11, 2017

Imagine a college that cut its unnecessary energy expenditure and reallocated funding to ultimately empower student research instead of continuing to power inefficient appliances and lighting. Imagine just what that college could accomplish. That’s exactly the initiative Penn took last year with its...

Jan 3, 2017

The spring of 2017 will mark the halfway point of the Climate Action Plan 2.0 (CAP2.0), Penn’s five-year plan for a more sustainable future – a good time to take stock of our progress. Much has been accomplished since the launch of the CAP2.0 launch in October of 2014. Greenhouse Gas Emissions...

Jan 3, 2017

The Penn Community continued to reduce, reuse, recycle in this year’s ReThink Your Footprint awareness campaign. During this two-week period, Nov 1-11, an assortment of initiatives, events, and presentations took place to raise awareness about source reduction, reuse, and recycling. ReThink by the...

Jan 3, 2017

An evaluation of the Student Eco-Reps program over the past few years led to some changes which were launched this fall. Instead of having a large group of students separately representing College Houses, Greek Life, Athletics, and Hillel, there are now a dozen Eco-Reps and three Student...

Jan 3, 2017

Penn staff working in labs across campus have been drawn together by their care about the environment and desire to improve the sustainability of their labs. The force behind this initiative for green labs is Elicia Preston, a research scientist and lab manager of the Murray Lab in Penn Genetics...

Jan 3, 2017

With input from FRES staff — including University Landscape Architect Bob Lundgren and Landscape Planner Chloe Cerwinka — Joe Durrance, an IT staff member at the Perelman School of Medicine experiments with ways to extend Penn’s bird friendly efforts across the University.

Jan 3, 2017

Modifications to the Staff & Faculty Eco-Reps program begun last spring, such as expanding the group of Co-Chairs, and focusing on small-group exercises and training, have started to bring a sense of empowerment to individuals who want to see a greener environment in their own everyday settings. In...

Jan 3, 2017

In January 2017, bike commuters can look forward to the launch of a new initiative: The Bike Commuter Expense Reimbursement Program will provide up to $240 annually to benefits-eligible faculty and staff for appropriate out-of-pocket expenses. Under Penn’s new program, eligible faculty and staff can...

Jan 3, 2017

The University of Pennsylvania’s Green Purchasing Awards presented by Penn’s Purchasing Services and Green Campus Partnership were announced at the annual Purchasing Services Supplier Show on September 28. The award honors leading actions of an individual or team that significantly advance the...

Jan 3, 2017

Penn’s Power Down Challenge is planned for February 1-28, 2017. Start thinking now about ways you can join this campus- wide energy reduction campaign! How can you encourage members of the Penn community to reduce their energy consumption and deepen their understanding of energy-related issues? The...

Jan 3, 2017

The Penn Sustainability team welcomes to Madeline Schuh as their new Sustainability Analyst. She will track and provide data analysis of campus wide sustainability metrics, work to visualize and publish sustainability data, and update campus sustainability reporting through STARS. Read Maddy’s...

Dec 21, 2016

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...

Nov 15, 2016

The ReThink Your Footprint campaign wrapped up on November 11th, 2016. During the two-week campaign, an assortment of initiatives, events, presentations, and other forms of outreach took place to share information about waste minimization, source reduction, reuse, and recycling. Here are some...

Nov 8, 2016

Penn Vet's New Bolton Center, located on 700 acres in Kennett Square, provides an internationally renowned standard of Large Animal Care. New Bolton comprises the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals, featuring one of the world’s largest equine surgical facilities, the James D. Moran Jr...

Nov 8, 2016

Reuse is a big component of ReThink Your Footprint, and although many activities on campus are local, some programs cover more ground and are international. In September 2007, the Vietnam Education Foundation Fellows Association (VEFFA) devised and launched the Vietnam Book Drive Project to supply...

Nov 2, 2016

You might have seen it advertised on a poster staked into the ground around campus; you might have noticed it listed in an unassuming green box on the Green Campus Partnership (GCP) website; you might have heard of it through an email from your College House. For all the times you’ve come across the...

Oct 25, 2016

Penn Athletics has the opportunity to make a huge impact in waste minimization and this is clearly highlighted through their efforts at Penn Relays. Green Penn Relays was started a number of years ago, and keeps getting better each year! This year 4800 cups were handed out to athletes – this is in...

Oct 25, 2016

Penn's Staff & Faculty Eco-Reps manage collection programs to reuse or recycle products: eyeglasses, shoes, and writing instruments. These initiatives help reduce landfill waste and the impacts of manufacturing new products, while promoting reuse and recycling. Read about our collection partnerships...

Oct 24, 2016

The PennMOVES program began in 2008 to promote the sustainable re-use of clothing, furniture, and other gently used items left behind by students moving out of College Houses. 2016 greatly exceeded prior year collections. 81,640lbs was donated to Goodwill, which was a 70% increase from 2015 3,012lbs...

Oct 24, 2016

Offices represent a significant portion of campus energy and material use and waste production. The Green Campus Partnership recognizes the efforts of staff and faculty to green their daily activities by offering four levels of Green Office certification. Participating offices earn points by...

Oct 24, 2016

Electronics like cell phones, computers, printers, TVs, and a long list of others are commonplace in today’s society. The quick turnover of this technology, such as new cell phone models released each year, push innovation to the limit, but has stark consequences for our waste streams. The United...

Oct 24, 2016

Through ongoing renovations and construction of new buildings, SAS has managed to divert much of their used furniture from landfills. The program started in 2014 and since then 10.5 tons of furniture has been reused and 27.83 tons of furniture has been recycled. This totals 38.33 tons diverted from...

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