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Past Projects

Student Eco-Rep Past Projects

Student Eco-Reps work in small groups throughout the year to conduct research on past sustainability initiatives as well as develop and implement programs to promote waste reduction, education and awareness, and energy conservation. 


Recycling & Waste Reduction

Education & Awareness

Energy Reduction

recycling & Waste reduction

Nursing: Fagin Hall Goes Green (2018)

David Gutierrez and Isabella Viney worked with Penn Nursing to revamp recycling practices in Fagin Hall.  They ran a campaign to educate building visitors on how to properly discard and disassemble disposable coffee cups.  Learn more.

SP2 Waste Awareness (2018)

Samantha Friskey (SAS '20) and Hope Liu (SAS '20, W '20) worked with the School of Social Policy Practice (SP2) to understand and remedy their waste generation.  They ultimately established a mug sharing campaign to reduce disposable coffee cup use in the offices!  Want more?

Penn Relays: Waste Initiatives (2018)

Eco-Reps Artemis Tiburcio (W '18), Hannah Sanders (SAS '19), and Richard Ling (SAS & SEAS '20) worked with stakeholders in Penn Athletics to engage attendees and officials at the Penn Relays in a waste reduction effort.  They separated and diverted organic waste as well as implemented a highly efficient water-filling station to reduce disposable bottle use.  Learn more.

2-Ply or Not 2-Ply (2018)

Orly Arbit (SAS '18) and Nicole Posadas (SAS '20) conducted a controlled experiment to evaluate the environmental sustainability of 1-ply versus 2-ply toilet paper in campus bathrooms.  They worked with Penn Housekeeping to develop a tracking system and analyze paper usage in Huntsman Hall and Kings Court English College House.  Learn more.

Residential Composting (2017-2018)

Throughout the 2016-2017 academic year, Sophia Leporte (SAS ’19) and Tiffany Yung (WH ’18) conducted research on and developed proposals for a residential composting pilot program to test strategies for removing food waste from Penn’s landfill stream. In Spring 2018, they partnered with Bennett Composting to start Penn's new Compost Pilot Program for students living on or off campus.  Read their 2018 final report here.

Replacing Recycling Bags (2017)

Michael Shu (SAS ’17) worked on assessing the potential for replacing recycling bags provided to students living on campus with recycling bins. Overall, survey results point to students favoring the use of recycling bins over the bags. Learn more

Outdoor Recycling (2017)

Karen Chi (SAS & WH ’19) and Helen Dai (SAS ’19) evaluated strategies to improve signage and the physical appearance of outdoor recycling bins near College Hall and the High-Rises to increase recycling rates and decrease contamination rates. Learn more.


University of Pennsylvania Health Systems (UPHS) : Baseline Sustainability Assessment (2018)

Brigitte Baella (SAS '19), Andrej Patoski (SAS '20), Melinda Hu (WH '20), and Alejandro Romero (SAS and WH '20) worked with stakeholders in three UPHS hospitals to assess their current sustainable practices.  They looked at waste as well as energy reduction steps taken, and made recommendations for future progress.  Read more here.

Climate Change and Nursing: Curriculum Development (2018)

Jessica Li (SAS '20), Karen Chi (SAS '19), and Noya Hanoch (SAS '20) developed an educational module for the School of Nursing to teach incoming students about the connection between climate change and nursing.  They hope that this will increase environmental sustainability practices across disciplines. Learn more.

Sustainability Workshops (2017)

Soomin Shin (SAS & WH ’19) and Maddie Tilyou (SAS ’19) worked on researching sustainability and green event guides at other universities. They also designed and presented sustainability workshops to various student groups on campus. Learn more.

Campus Ecology Tours (2017)

Carol Chen (WH ’19), April Huang (WH ’19), Emma Shenton (SAS ’19), and Danielle Swanson (SEAS ’19) conducted research on the environmental features of Penn’s landscape and architecture and designed a tour and guide to raise awareness. Learn more. Check out their tour packet here.

Penn Community Garden (2017)

Brigitte Baella (SAS ’19) and Artemis Tiburcio (WH ’18) worked on promoting the garden to the Penn community, encouraged participation in cleaning it up, and picked up basic gardening skills to help maintain it. Learn more.


Drying Racks (2017)

Michael Shu (SAS ’17) also introduced drying racks to every laundry room in Harnwell College House and worked on developing a private rental rack system in Rodin. After collecting data, he estimated savings of $62.72 and 520Wh per month. Learn more.