Four Projects Earn Green Fund Support

December 20, 2012

Four more sustainable projects will have a genesis on Penn’s campus, thanks to the University’s Green Fund. These newly green-lighted projects include food waste composting at the Penn Museum and the development of a formal monitoring system of Shoemaker Green’s environmental benefits. Read details on each project on the Green Campus Partnership website. The University has now provided the seed money for 45 green ideas to get off the ground, including these four additions:

From Table to Farm
The Penn Museum will begin composting food waste from its cafes.
Project Leader: Brian McDevitt, Director of Building Operations, Penn Museum
Project Sponsor: Melissa Smith, Chief Operating Officer, Penn Museum

Civic House Passive House
The team will investigate what it would take to bring Civic House to the “Passive House” standard – an energy-efficient building design concept.
Project Leader and Project Sponsor: David Grossman, Director, Civic House and Civic Scholars Program

The Effectiveness of Stormwater BMPs and LID at Shoemaker Green
Set up a plan to monitor and measure the ecological, social and economic benefits of these green infrastructure facilities.
Project Leaders: Craig Calabria, PhD, PE (Penn Faculty), Emily McCoy RLA, MLA (Andropogon Associates), Pablo Garza and Grant Scavello (Penn Students), Bob Flowers (Penn Facilities and Real Estate Services)
Project Sponsor: Craig Calabria, Associate Director, Master of Science in Applied Geosciences Program and Fred Scatena, Ph.D, Professor and Department Chair, Earth and Environmental Science

Lenape Botanical Garden
The garden will be an educational and awareness-raising tool regarding the Lenape Nation, their methods of living off the land, and understanding the plants that were part of their diet and their medicine.
Project Leader: Valerie De Cruz, Director, Greenfield Intercultural Center
Project Sponsors:  Robert Lundgren, University Landscape Architect, and Wendy Grube, PhD, CRNP

“Projects made possible through the Green Fund benefit not only the University, but also the students, faculty, staff, and community members who call the Penn campus their home,” says Anne Papageorge, Vice President of Facilities and Real Estate Services (FRES), which finances the program. “We support the sustainability ideas that come to us from the ground up, which often offers a clear view of what can be and should be done to green our campus.”

In related news, Greening the Bottom Line 2012 report available...

Penn’s Green Fund is one of many similar programs offered at colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada. The Sustainable Endowments Institute, a non-profit organization interested in sustainability research has published its Greening the Bottom Line 2012 report, a summary of its findings this year into the rapid growth of green revolving funds (GRFs).

While Penn is mentioned several times in the report, the publication’s overall value may be in its presentation of green fund trends in 2012 such as:

  • A 60% increase in the number of GRFs in operation between 2010 and 2012;
  • Information on the funds established in 31 U.S. states and 2 Canadian provinces;
  • Information on the growing number of schools that are seeking to implement efficiency projects by reaching into the campus community for inspiration, research, and volunteers; and
  • Project- and fund-specific energy savings, cost savings and ROI data.

Greening the Bottom Line 2012 is a 60-page PDF available for free download at



A zero waste event is one in which at least 90% of the waste is diverted from the landfill through enhanced recycling and/or composting efforts.

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