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Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee
January 29, 2008, Volume 54, No. 19

The Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee (ESAC), chaired by Anne Papageorge, Vice President of Facilities and Real Estate Services (FRES), has been established to advise President Amy Gutmann on environmental issues facing the University of Pennsylvania. Although environmental sustainability has many aspects at Penn, this committee is specifically charged with responding to the demands of the Presidents Climate Commitment (PCC), signed by President Gutmann last year (Almanac February 13, 2007).

While Penn is a leader in wind energy and has other initiatives underway like composting and recycling, the University will explore LEED building standards and create a committee to capture the “synergy of science, practice and education,” as Trustee Bill Mack described this effort at last winter’s Trustees’ Meeting (Almanac February 27, 2007). The ESAC members include faculty, staff and students.

Subcommittees: The six Subcommittees established (and outlined below) will respond to various requirements of the PCC, as outlined below, but their specific focus and direction will be determined by the members over the course of the spring semester. Subcommittees will include members of the University community (including faculty, staff, and students) with an interest and/or appropriate expertise in each topic area. Dan Garofalo, FRES, and Laurie Cousart, Business Services, will serve ex officio on the Subcommittees.

The initial tasks for the Subcommittees include:

1. Identify members to participate on subcommittee
2. Meet to review existing policies
3. Identify required tasks
4. Identify needed resources
5. Assign research topics

The Subcommittees are to determine a realistic scope of work that can be accomplished in the next four months. It is anticipated that student interns will be assigned to help staff the Subcommittees. The Subcommittees will have their initial meetings in January 2008, and regular meetings in February and March. The entire Committee will reconvene in early April, after midterms and before the semester draws to a close. The Subcommittees will continue to work throughout the summer, with student interns assigned to continue research, and will reconvene again in the fall of 2008.

Faculty

William Braham, Architecture, Design
Cary Coglianese, Political Science, Law
Michael Larice, Planning, Design
Marsha Lester, Physical Chemistry & Natural Sciences, SAS
Noam Lior, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, SEAS
Ali Malkawi, Architecture, Design
Muscoe Martin, Architecture, Design
Linda McCauley, Public Health Program, Occupational Health Option, Center for Epidemiology, Nursing
Eric Orts, Environmental Management, Legal Studies & Business Ethics and Management, Wharton
Fred Scatena, Earth and Environmental Science, SAS
Vukan Vuchic, Electrical and Systems Engineering, SEAS

Students

Sarah Abroms, The College, Undergraduate Assembly
Laura Boudreau, Wharton, Penn Environmental Group
Cassondra Giombetti, GSE Doctoral Candidate, GAPSA
Itay Greenspan, School of Social Policy & Practice, Doctoral Candidate, GAPSA
Christa Heyward, School of Medicine, GAPSA
Kevin Levy, The College, Penn Environmental Group
Michael Poll, The College, Penn Environmental Group
Mordechai Treiger, The College, Penn Environmental Group
Bonnie Waring, The College, Penn Environmental Group
Lisa Zhu, SAS, Undergraduate Assembly

Staff

Taylor Berkowitz, Senior Facilities Planner, FRES
Andrew Binns, Associate Provost for Education, Office of the Provost
Laurie Cousart, Director, Business Services
Dan Garofalo, Senior Facilities Planner, FRES
David Hollenberg, University Architect, FRES
Lynne Hunter, Director, Strategic Projects, Office of the Provost
Bob Lundgren, University Landscape Architect, FRES
Paul Meyer, Director of the Morris Arboretum
Joe Monahan, Principal Planning Engineer, FRES
Anne Papageorge, Vice President, Facilities and Real Estate Services (FRES)
Laura Peller, Associate Director, Industrial Hygiene & Environmental Programs, EHRS
Kyle Rosato, Senior Industrial Hygenist, EHRS
Ramin Sedehi, Vice Dean of Administration & Finance, SAS
Anthony Sorrentino, Executive Director Public Affairs, Office of Executive Vice Pressident
Khaled Tarabieh, Project Manager, FRES
Eric Weckel, Executive Director of Space Planning & Operations, School of Medicine

Committee &
Co-Chairs

Requirements in the PCC

Additional investigations

Energy & Utilities
Joseph Monahan, University Principal Planning Engineer, FRES

William Braham, Assoc. Professor, Architecture, School of Design

• Adopt an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy requiring purchase of ENERGY STAR certified products in all areas for which such ratings exist.

• Within one year of signing this document, begin purchasing or producing at least 15% of Penn’s electricity from renewable sources.

• Build on the successes of the campus-wide efficiency programs

• Expand the TC Chan Center Controls Optimization Project to additional buildings

• Explore locally-generated, distributed energy

• Investigate offset programs to reduce Penn’s carbon footprint

Built Environment
David Hollenberg, University Architect, FRES

Eric Weckel, School of Medicine, Executive Director of Space Planning & Operations

• Establish a policy that all new campus construction will be built to at least the US Green Building Council’s LEED Silver standard.

• Protocols for small renovations

• Maintenance, operations, cleaning standards

• Commissioning and recommissioning/ optimalization (monitoring, feedback, and fault control)

• Initiate life-cycle costing

• Develop landscape design & operations standards.

Transportation
Vukan Vuchic, Professor, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Larry Bell, Director of Business Services

• Encourage use of and provide access to public transportation.

• Establish a policy of offsetting all greenhouse gas emissions generated by air travel.

• Develop a realistic assessment of the Penn Connects expansion on traffic

• Investigate bio-fuels and on-campus fueling

• Standards for bicycle use, parking, and storage

• Pedestrian campus circulation

Waste & Recycling
Kyle Rosato, Environmental Health & Radiation Safety, Environmental Manager

• Recommending policies and practices related to waste and recycling

• Participate in the waste minimization component of the national RecycleMania competition, adopt 3 or more associated measures to reduce waste

• Management of “Universal Waste” (batteries, computers, mercury-containing devices)

• Assess and improve food composting on campus

• Assess landscape protocols, improving on the leaf recycling program in place

Communications
Anthony Sorrentino,
Office of the Executive Vice President, Executive Director of Public Affairs

• Communications (print, web, media)

• Public dissemination of the PCC action plan, inventory, and periodic progress reports via  submission to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) for posting and dissemination

• Sustainability website

• Educational materials

• Media relations

• Trade and industry publications

• Podcasts, blogs

Academics (Curriculum and Research)
Andrew Binns,
Associate Provost

• Actions to make climate neutrality and sustainability a part of the curriculum and other educational experience for all students.

• Inventory of sustainability-related courses, seminars, research

 

Almanac - January 29, 2008, Volume 54, No. 19