Sustainability

Anything related to greening and environmental concerns
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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422April 17, 2012

Penn IUR, Partners Launch Innovative Electricity Price Awareness Campaign

PHILADELPHIA -- You can easily track the minute-by-minute price swings of a barrel of oil, but can you do the same for a megawatt of electricity?  Today you can.

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422April 9, 2012

Creating Canopy Initiative Helps Penn Earn Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus USA Designation

PHILADELPHIA -- Creating Canopy: Spreading Roots for a Greener Region, a program that Penn initiated in the spring of 2011 in partnership with the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department has helped the University earn its third consecutive Tree Campus USA designation from the Arbor Day Foundation. 

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820March 26, 2012

Penn Researchers Lead Study on Children in Assisted-housing Programs, Educational Outcomes

PHILADELPHIA – Two University of Pennsylvania researchers from the Graduate School of Education and the School of Social Policy & Practice are leading an interdisciplinary effort to study the educational well-being of children in assisted-housing programs.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820March 13, 2012

PennCycle Launches Pilot Bicycling Program

PHILADELPHIA – PennCycle, a University of Pennsylvania student-led shared bicycle pilot program housed in Penn Student Agencies, will host a kick-off event Friday, March 16, from noon to 4 p.m. at Hill Field, 34th and Chestnut streets.

The event includes free test rides on PennCycle bikes, PennCycle subscription sign-ups, free food from local restaurants including Jimmy John’s, coffee and treats from Penn Student Agencies vendors and a student disc jockey.

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Media Contact:Caroline D’Angelo | ccdangelo@gmail.com | March 13, 2012

Penn Environmental Studies Students Reporting Live from the World Water Forum in France

MARSEILLE -- Eleven University of Pennsylvania Master of Environmental Studies students are journalists at the 6th World Water Forum in this French city with the Oikos Student Reporter program this week.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820March 12, 2012

Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice Launches Community Teamworks

PHILADELPHIA – At the University of Pennsylvania, the School of Social Policy & Practice’s Community Teamworks pilot program allows students, faculty, staff and alumni of the School to participate in team-building activities through local volunteer projects in West Philadelphia.

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422March 12, 2012

International Sustainable Campus Network Recognizes Penn’s Green Academic Offerings

PHILADELPHIA –- The academic component that the University of Pennsylvania has included in its Climate Action Plan caught the attention of the International Sustainable Campus Network when that agency compiled its inaugural Global University Leaders Forum Charter report earlier this year.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820February 29, 2012

Penn GSE Event Addresses Global Literacy, Recognizes Inauguration of UNESCO Chair

PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education will host “Global Literacy in the 21st Century: Problems and Prospects,” at 4 p.m., Thursday, March 15 in Huntsman Hall.

Featuring Irina Bokova, the director-general of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, this symposium is free and open to the public.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820February 13, 2012

Penn Researcher Explores Volunteering in India

PHILADELPHIA – Femida Handy, a professor at the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, is one of four authors of a new book, From Seva to Cyberspace: The Many Faces of Volunteering in India, which traces the origins of seva, direct service to

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820February 13, 2012

Penn School of Social Policy & Practice Introduces Community Teamworks Volunteer Program

PHILADELPHIA – The School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania has launched SP2 Community Teamworks, a pilot program that involves local engagement as well as team-building through volunteer projects.

Modeled after Goldman Sach’s Community Teamworks in New York City, School of Social Policy & Practice students, faculty, staff and alumni provide suggestions for and participate in local volunteer opportunities.