Penn School of Social Policy & Practice Professor Pens Children’s Book on Environmental Impact

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto-Haines | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820August 24, 2010
PHILADELPHIA — Femida Handy, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, shows the next generation of young readers how to take steps toward becoming more environmentally friendly with her first children’s book,  â€śSandy’s Incredible Shrinking Footprint.”

Sandy, the main character, enjoys visiting her grandfather each summer at the beach and playing in the sand.  One day, Sandy finds a pile of trash on the beach and learns how every person leaves an ecological footprint – and how it’s everyone’s responsibility to minimize those footprints.

The illustrations, by Adrianna Steele-Card, include artwork featuring a collage of repurposed, reused and recycled materials.

“Sandy’s Incredible Shrinking Footprint” advocates personal responsibility and provides a list of everyday steps children can take to minimize their environmental impact.

Handy’s co-author is Carole H. Carpenter.

Handy’s area of expertise is the economics of the non-profit sector, including micro-foundational issues of non-profits, non-governmental organizations and volunteerism.  She also studies the economics of human behavior and organizational life, the economics of social welfare and the economics of environmental issues.


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