Media Contact:Joy McIntyre | firstname.lastname@example.org | 215-898-5074February 17, 2010
Trash Talk, a panel discussion with key players in recycling from both the University of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia, sharing information about waste reduction and recycling
Moderated by Dan Garofalo, Penn’s environmental sustainability coordinator, the panelists are:
· Clarena Tolson, Philadelphia streets commissioner
PHILADELPHIA –- The University of Pennsylvania has expanded child-care options and inaugurated a new backup-care initiative.
To increase access to child care for Penn employees and community members, the University is partnering with two West Philadelphia child-care providers, the Parent Infant Center and The Caring Center, both are accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Shadowing Day, a city-wide program for 9th-grade students in the Philadelphia School District, coordinated by the Philadelphia Youth Network. The visiting students will spend the day learning about the host workplace, the kind of jobs the employees are doing and the education and experience needed to get such jobs.
The staff of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania will host 18 students from Fitzsimons and West Philadelphia High schools.
The kick-off for 10 weeks of RecycleMania, when the University of Pennsylvania joins 400 schools across the nation to see which school can cut the most waste and increase its rate of recycling.
Special events at Penn begin with a Recycle Bin Rally, where personal recycling bins will be given to the first 200 who attend, a presentation of the proceeds from June’s PennMOVES sale to the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and the screening of the documentary film “No Impact Man.”
PHILADELPHIA –- The University of Pennsylvania’s Green Fund will accept applications beginning Feb. 1 for a second round of one-time grants to be used to finance innovative ideas from students, faculty or staff that are designed to help Penn meet its sustainability goals, as outlined in its Climate Action Plan.
Deadline for submission is March 15, and the awards will be announced in April. The maximum allocation is $50,000.
PHILADELPHIA –- Skirkanich Hall, home to the Bioengineering Department in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, has received the 2010 Institute Honor Award for Architecture from the American Institute of Architects.