December 2009

On Campus Green

SUSTAINABILITY NEWS from the UNIVERSITY of PENNSYLVANIA

October 2009

October 2009
A Note on College Green

Anne Papageorge

Each day we learn more about how corporations, institutions, policy makers and individuals across the globe are dedicating themselves to the pursuit of reducing carbon emissions on the atmosphere.  Among the common denominators they share in this pursuit is a commitment to changing behavior and the realization that participation, at any level, matters greatly.

I wanted to commend the terrific interest, activity, and collaboration we are seeing across the University towards meeting the goals of Penn’s Climate Action Plan. We continue to make progress across the  five strategic priorities of Learning Sustainability, Conserving Energy, Minimizing Waste, Designing Green and Reducing Emissions.

As you read this newsletter and peruse the website, you will see great new initiatives and a growing spirit rallying around this Plan. This is especially exemplified in our two newest programs we have just launched, the Eco-Reps and the Penn Green Fund. These programs are likely to generate more innovative ideas to support our overall sustainabiity. As important as the idea itself is the exciting process in which the theoretical is translated into practice, from the individuals at Penn who share a common commitment to positively impact the University now and our global environment into the future.

Anne Papageorge
Anne Papageorge
Vice President, Facilities and Real Estate Services

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Learning Sustainability SAS forms new Student Advisory Board
The school with the largest population of undergraduates at Penn, the College of Arts and Sciences, has established a Student Sustainability Advisory Board (SSAB) comprised of 16 College students... more
Online Syllabus Search Engine Org. Dynamics unveils new Concentration
The School of Arts and Sciences recently launched its new Sustainable Development Concentration in Organizational Dynamics with a panel discussion on Eco-Municipalities... more
Conserving Energy Power Down 2009 Winter Break Power Down Challenge
The Penn Green Campus Partnership and Penn Eco-Reps are holding the inaugural Power Down Challenge across the University in an effort to eliminate unnecessary energy consumption over Winter Break... more
Aircuity Rodin Tests Occupancy Sensors
Rodin College House has begun a pilot of wireless occupancy sensors that will determine the potential for improved heating and cooling efficiency in College Houses across the campus... more
MINIMIZING WASTE Power Down Recycling Rate Continues to Rise
The University recycling rate of paper, cardboard, and commingled (glass, plastic, and metal) materials reached 23 percent from July through September, an increase from the 19 percent that was calculated for the same time period of the previous year... more

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Aircuity Bookstore Boasts New Green Threads
The Penn Bookstore is now offering a new line of sustainable clothing called S.O.5. which features a variety of t-shirts and hoodies, all made from organic or recycled cotton or bamboo fabrics... more
Reducing Emissions Bike Changes Penn Transit steps up during SEPTA Strike
Tuesday, November 3, gave Penn commuters a severe case of the Mondays, as thousands of University students and staff members awoke to learn the news of a strike that had been called by the leaders of the Transport Workers Union Local 234, who represent 5,100 drivers, operators and mechanics employed by SEPTA. Penn Business Services, in cooperation with Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS), successfully executed its contingency transportation plan and eased the pain of many stranded passengers... more
Designing Green Penn Park Groundbreaking University Breaks Ground on Penn Park
Penn officially broke ground Friday, Nov. 6, for its 24-acre Penn Park, a $46 million project at the eastern edge of campus that will increase the University's green space by 20 percent... more
FRES LEED Workshop APPC showcases Layered Facade
The uniquely designed Annenberg Public Policy Center was dedicated at a ribbon cutting ceremony on November 4 with the building’s world-renowned architect and Pritzker Award Winner Fumihiko Maki... more
Supporting Local Foods & Farmers Bike Changes Winter Harvest delivers with Local Food
It can be difficult to buy local food in the winter months, as farmers’ markets are few and far between. One convenient option is the Philadelphia Winter Harvest, a buying club that runs from November to April through which participants may order locally grown foods and produce to be delivered weekly to a pick-up site in the greater Philadelphia area.

Penn’s campus has its own pick-up location in Hill College House staffed by members of FarmEcology from 5:15 - 7:15 PM on Thursday evenings... more

Leading The Green Dan Sanchez Dan Sanchez, Undergraduate Assembly Director of Housing, Sustainability, and Facilities
A senior in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Dan is the acting Director of Housing, Sustainability and Facilities for Penn's Undergraduate Assembly. He is currently a member of the Penn Green Fund Review Board and is supporting an urban garden project for Penn's campus.

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

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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