Penn’s “Power Down Challenge” is highlighted for reducing energy usage.
PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania has reported a 17 percent increase in applications for admission to the class of 2015, according to Eric J. Furda, dean of admissions. More than 31,600 applications were received, an increase from nearly 27,000 last year.
PHILADELPHIA –- As University of Pennsylvania students headed off for winter break in December, many took the pledge to turn down, turn off or unplug appliances as part of the Power Down Challenge.
Turns out they did more than pledge; their efforts translated into an average 7.2 percent daily reduction in electrical use during the break and $2,300 in savings for the University, compared to usage in the same resident halls during the winter break last year.
Dean Eric Furda of Admissions comments on the 14 percent increase of undergraduate applications.
Laurie Cousart of Business Services comments on the versatility of the “green” café on campus.