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Fall 2009 Green Fund Selections Announced

December 7, 2009

Facilities and Real Estate Services is pleased to announce the Green Fund recipients. The recipient pool is diverse, with projects ranging from a small-scale College House composting program to the installation of energy efficient lighting for an entire school. 

The Green Fund is a competitively awarded grant that finances innovative ideas by faculty, students and staff to help Penn meet the goals of the Climate Action Plan.

The awarded projects include:

MAYER HALL COMPOSTING
A small-scale College House composting demonstration project.
Project Leaders: Alison Feder C'12, Russell Trimmer C'12
Sponsor: Philip M. Nichols, Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Faculty Master of Stouffer College House

PENN GARDEN
Planning and implementing a demonstration vegetable garden and urban agriculture project on Penn’s campus.
Project Leaders: Sandra Zhao C'10, Daniel Sanchez SEAS'10, Sam Beattie C'12, Sonja Tonnesen C'10
Sponsors: Rebecca Weide, University Landscape Planner, Facilities and Real Estate Services and  Michael Nairn, Landscape Architect, Department of Urban Studies

COLLEGE HOUSE ENERGY COMPETITION
A managed competition for energy reduction and behavior change in select College Houses.
Project Leader: Mateo Rando, MGA Candidate, Fels Institute of Govermnent Associate
Sponsor: David B. Thornburgh, Executive Director, Fels Institute of Government

MORRIS ARBORETUM:
GOING GREENER - POINT A TO POINT B

Transportation for the University community to the Morris Arboretum for specific programs and events.
Project Leader: Aimee Doberstein, Education Program Coordinator
Sponsor: Paul W. Meyer, the F. Otto Haas Director, Morris Arboretum

SIGMA CHI FRATERNITY:
WINDOW RESTORATION - 3809 LOCUST WALK

Energy-saving building envelope improvements for a historic building.
Project Leader: Mark Kocent, Alumni House Corporation President
Sponsors: Beth Schnitman-Malm, Associate Director, Chapter House Administration and Finance, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs and Bill Turner, Chief Financial Officer, Vice Provost for University Life

UNIVERSITY CITY DISTRICT:
40TH STREET SUSTAINABILITY SMACKDOWN

A student-led energy efficiency plan for retail merchants in Penn’s off-campus properties along 40th Street.
Project Leader: Lee Senior, Director of Neighborhood Initiatives, University City District
Sponsor: Ed Datz, Executive Director of Real Estate, Facilities and Real Estate Services

SCHOOL OF MEDICINE:
LIGHTING ANALYSIS AND IMPLEMENTATION

Lighting retrofits for School of Medicine buildings, including installation of occupancy sensors and LED fixtures.
Project Leader: Jennifer Mishkin, Associate Director, Space Planning & Operations, School of Medicine
Sponsors: Eric M. Weckel, Executive Director, Space Planning and Operations, School of Medicine and Christopher Kops, Vice Dean for Administration and Finance, School of Medicine

DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION AND INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS:
ULTRAVIOLET DISINFECTION SYSTEM - SHEERR POOL

A reduced-chemical disinfection system for the Sheerr Pool.
Project Leader: Dennis Collins, Area Manager, Facilities and Real Estate Services
Sponsors: Ryan Buries, Associate Director, Recreation and Amy Wagner, Director, Recreation

DIVISION OF PUBLIC SAFETY:
PURCHASE OF T3 SERIES THREE-WEELED ELECTRIC VEHICLE

A pilot, customer-friendly, high-efficiency electric vehicle to support new security patrols in Penn Park.
Project Leader: Laurie Fanelly, Director, Finance and Administration, Division of Public Safety
Sponsors: Maureen Rush, Vice President, Division of Public Safety

PENN ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP:
GREEN ACORN CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

An environmental certification process and checklist for local businesses and vendors.
Project Leader: Douglas Miller C'12
Sponsors: David Grossman, Director, Civic House

Fact

The average distance food travels from farm to plate is 1,500 miles.

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