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Green Fund Spring 2011 Projects

August 9, 2011

Three new sustainability projects from the Spring 2011 application pool have been selected to receive grants from the Penn Green Fund. The new projects will be implemented over the remainder of the year and join the list of creative sustainability initiatives conceived by Penn students, faculty, and staff since the release of the Climate Action Plan in September 2009.

CHI OMEGA SORORITY
CHI2OMEGA WATER CONSERVATION PROJECT

  • A series of water conservation retrofits at the Chi Omega Chapter house will bridge the 2010-2011 Year of Water and 2011-2012 Year of Games. Retrofits being installed at the Chi Omega house over the summer include low-flow faucet aerators and showerheads, dual flush toilets, and a rain barrel. In addition to the retrofits, Chi Omega will host a pledge-based conservation competition between the eight sororities on campus in conjunction with Fall 2011 Greek Week.
  • Project Leader: Elizabeth Qian W’12

PERELMAN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
“FREEZER WEEK”: LABORATORY FREEZER COMPETITION

  • Laboratories, with their high air exchange requirements, combined with energy demanding equipment, make research buildings on Penn's campus the highest producers of carbon emissions (37% of total campus emissions). This grant will support Penn’s participation in “Freezer Week,” a competition created by the University of California - Davis to challenge colleges across the country to reduce energy use in research labs. The Freezer Week competition will be based on points gained from participation and completion of items in various surveys. Labs can take part in various activities during Freezer Week: Chill Up (raise freezer temperatures by 10 degrees), Freezer Clean Out, Equipment Retirement/Recycling, and Room Temperature Storage. Incentives and awards will be given to winning and participating labs.
  • Project Leader: Heidi Travis, Facilities and Equipment Manager, Perelman School of Medicine

PENN CHILDREN’S CENTER (PCC)
URBAN GARDEN IMPROVEMENTS

  • The PCC at 31st & Chestnut Streets will add a composter and raised planter beds to the center’s urban garden.
  • Project Leaders: Karol DeAngelis, Courtney Gerdes, Maria Puciata

Established in 2009 by the Penn Green Campus Partnership with funding from the Division of Facilities and Real Estate Services and the Office of the Provost, the Green Fund successfully spurred the development of 18 sustainability projects within its first year, and seven more in the fall 2010 semester.

Projects funded from previous applications ranged from innovative academic opportunities to energy efficiency improvements and waste reduction initiatives, including a sustainable local business certification program; a 10-bed student-run vegetable garden; a worm composting project at the Annenberg Public Policy Center; and a pilot of temperature occupancy sensors in College House rooms.

The maximum allocation for each award is $50,000. Projects that generate financial savings to the University are expected to repay the award in order to sustain the Green Fund and make future awards possible.

For more information on the Penn Green Fund, visit the Green Fund page.

Fact

Utilities represent over 85% of campus carbon emissions.

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