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April 2010

On Campus Green

SUSTAINABILITY NEWS from the UNIVERSITY of PENNSYLVANIA

April 2010

April 2010
A Note on College Green

Craig Carnaroli


Since launching our Climate Action Plan just six months ago, I continue to be impressed with the terrific progress made towards reducing our carbon footprint and enhancing our overall sustainability practices. Most notably is the collaborative manner in which the Penn community has rallied together from across disciplines to take on this common challenge so important to the collective health of our society, its citizens, and Penn.

So much energy and enthusiasm has been expended over the last six months towards the stated goals of our plan.  The decision to write the Climate Action Plan was easy. Implementing the plan is where the rubber hits the road. As you read this edition of On College Green, you will find examples of the cutting edge, innovative, and dedicated work of faculty, students and staff - your peers and colleagues in this effort.

Penn is having a great first year and is making the long range changes in energy conservation, waste minimization, green design, and education that are getting us closer to our 2014 goals. It is a reminder that no single project or piece of research can achieve this alone, but together we are making a big difference at Penn and in the world. The harnessing of this collective talent is why we call our effort Penn's Green Campus Partnership. We are a team - not interested in title, tenure, position, or age - focused on good ideas that make an impact.

Craig Carnaroli
Craig Carnaroli
Executive Vice President

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Learning Sustainability TC Chan logo T.C. Chan Center Portal Launches
The T.C. Chan Center for Building and Energy Studies has launched the T.C. Chan Center Portal, a social networking site that will foster collaboration between researchers, educators, students and professionals on sustainability issues... more
Morris Bus Trips Hop on a Shuttle Bus to Morris Arboretum
The Morris Arboretum will begin a shuttle bus series Saturday, April 17, that offers students free transportation to and from the Arboretum for special events throughout the Fall 2010 semester... more
MINIMIZING WASTE PennMOVES PennMOVES 2010 Call for Volunteers
The University of Pennsylvania's Business Services Division is pleased to announce that it is once again joining with United Way of Greater Philadelphia for its annual PennMOVES: Move Out Volunteers Engaging in Service initiative... more
Recycling at Penn
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Hill Cap Your Waste Hill College House Puts a "Cap" on Waste
Residents of Hill College House put their recycling skills to the test over the past two weeks, collecting bottle caps and aluminum tabs from recyclables to see which floor would win the "Cap" Your Waste Challenge... more
Designing Green Penn Garden Penn Garden Digs in Next to Rodin
Members of the Penn Environmental Group, Penn Garden Club, and Urban Nutrition Initiative met at Rodin College House on Saturday to break ground on the site of the new Penn Garden... more
Woodland Walk Woodland Walk adds Permeable Pavement and Bike Racks
Woodland Walk, the pathway linking Spruce and 38th Streets in front of the Quad, has recently been renovated, with final landscaping features coming this spring... more
Music Building Music Building Wins Preservation Award
The recently renovated Music Building has been recognized for a 2010 Preservation Achievement Award by the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia... more
Conserving Energy Green Labs Green Labs Presentation Available Online
In case you missed the March 16 presentation on green lab practices, the School of Medicine has made the discussion available online through the University's MediaSite technology.

Click here to view the presentation on best practices for managing sustainable labs through water and energy conservation, recycling, purchasing practices, and the design and operation of LEED-certified research facilities. Microsoft Silverlight is required to view the presentation.

Reducing Emissions Bike Policies Campus Bike Policies and Practices
In an effort to create a safer and more sustainable campus, The University of Pennsylvania has embarked on a campaign to educate the community on bike riding policies and procedures... more
PhillyCarShare PhillyCarShare offers new Keystone Plan
PhillyCarShare has introduced its new Keystone Plan especially designed for individuals who don't need a vehicle often but still want the convenience of car sharing... more
Supporting Local Foods & Farmers Low Carbon Diet Low Carbon Diet Day at Penn Dining Locations
Bon Appetit at Penn Dining is helping diners protect the planet this Earth Day one forkful at a time by hosting its first annual Low Carbon Diet Day at Penn on Thursday, April 22... more
Farmers' Markets Find Your Favorite Farmers' Market in University City
Finding fresh, local foods is now easier than ever on Penn’s campus and across the City of Philadelphia. This summer, University City will boast three farmers’ markets, so stop by to get your fresh food fix... more
Leading The Green Bob Lundgren Bob Lundgren, Landscape Architect
As the University's Landscape Architect within Facilities and Real Estate Services, Bob is the overseer of all things that are literally green at Penn. He is responsible for determining ideal locations for everything from trees to flowers, plants, walkways, and more...

Click here to read the rest of our interview with Bob.

Each issue, we recognize a member of the Penn community for his or her environmental sustainability efforts on campus. If you know someone at Penn who is "leading the green," let us know at sustainability@upenn.edu.

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