January 2011

On Campus Green

SUSTAINABILITY NEWS from the UNIVERSITY of PENNSYLVANIA

RecycleMania is Coming
     

Vincent Price, Provost

A Note On College Green
Welcome to the spring semester – and to the second half of the Year of Water. The first term of this exciting theme year brought us valuable perspectives on the importance of water for global sustainability, including the great week of River Rescue, which mobilized the Penn community to collect more than 4000 pounds of trash and 3000 recyclable items from the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers.

This semester, I am pleased to let you know about two distinguished visitors, who will continue to expand our communal understanding of sustainability and resource management.

Next week, we welcome Penn alumna Rose George, author of The Big Necessity, the landmark study of global waste and sanitation that began the Year of Water as this year’s Penn Reading Project. She will speak on Tuesday, January 25, at 5:30 PM in Meyerson Hall, at a Global Forum with no charge or advance ticketing. During her visit, she will also meet with smaller groups of students and faculty.

On April 6, we are delighted to host Professor Jared Diamond, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, ecologist, and geologist, for a public talk and discussion, followed by a workshop the next morning for selected students and faculty. This event is sponsored by The Philomathean Society and the Year of Water, along with numerous other partners across campus.

I am confident that these two prominent figures – together with our ongoing programs and courses – will continue to advance the commitment to sustainability embodied in our ambitious Climate Action Plan.

Thank you for your energetic efforts to advance sustainability at Penn, and I look forward to seeing you at these and other campus events in the months ahead.

Vincent Price
Vincent Price
Provost

 
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TUEJAN25 The Annual Global Forum w/Rose George
On Tuesday, January 25, investigative journalist and author Rose George returns to Penn as guest speaker at the Penn Provost’s annual Global Forum, scheduled for 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Meyerson Hall, Room B1. In addition to being a Penn alumna, George is the author of this year's Penn Reading Project book, The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters. Click here to learn more about the event.
   
SATJAN29 Ocean Explorers Symposium
Join Penn Vet students and the rest of the Penn community at Hill Pavilion to learn more about current issues in ocean conservation. Hear first hand accounts about the wildlife rescue response during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, learn about conservation policy, invasive species, agricultural impacts on water resources, and deep ocean exploration. RSVP REQUIRED
   
MONJAN31 SAS Student Sustainability Advisory Board Fundraising Event for A Drink For Tomorrow
The School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) Student Sustainability Advisory Board is sponsoring a kick-off event to raise funds to benefit the water organization A Drink For Tomorrow. The event, a panel discussion followed by a light buffet reception, will take place on January 31 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Cohen Hall Terrace Room. Click here for more information.
   
SUNFEB6 RecycleMania 2011 Begins
Stay tuned to the Green Campus Partnership website for more details to come about RecycleMania 2011 Kickoff Week.
   
TUEMAR22 IGEL Conference-Workshop / Valuing Water: Business Challenges & Opportunities for Innovation
Mark your calendar for the 4th Annual IGEL Conference-Workshop, which will focus on how businesses can evaluate how water use and the exchange of water value impact the economy, human rights, and global environmental issues. Click here to visit the IGEL website and learn more about this event.
   
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FEATURED STORIES
RecycleMania at Penn Penn Gets Ready for RecycleMania 2011
It’s that time of the year again. The Penn community is gearing up for its fourth year of participation in RecycleMania, an annual waste reduction and recycling competition between colleges and universities across the United States and Canada. For the 2011 tournament, which will officially extend for eight weeks between February 6 and April 2, Penn schools and centers are committing to increase their efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle more than ever... READ MORE
 
LEARNING SUSTAINABILITY
A Drink For Tomorrow SAS Student Sustainability Advisory Board to Host Fundraising Drive for "A Drink For Tomorrow"
In conjunction with the Philadelphia Global Water Initiative (PGWI) and Penn's Year of Water, the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) Student Sustainability Advisory Board is sponsoring a kick-off event to raise funds to benefit the water organization A Drink For Tomorrow. The event, a panel discussion followed by a light buffet reception, will take place on January 31 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Cohen Hall Terrace Room... READ MORE
ENVS410 Sustainability Course Spotlight
ENVS410: Clean Water, Green Cities

Take a hands-on approach to the Year of Water this spring with ENVS410: Clean Water, Green Cities. Led by Howard Neukrug, Water Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia, this Academically Based Community Service (ABCS) course teaches the principles of urban water sustainability and allows students to influence real change in the Philadelphia community by working with urban farmers, community gardeners, schools, and non-profit groups... READ MORE
Organizational Dynamics Class Organizational Dynamics Program Launches Sustainability Leadership Course for Penn Staff
Penn’s Organizational Dynamics Graduate Program, in collaboration with the Penn Green Campus Partnership, is offering a course this spring titled, “Leadership and Sustainability: How to Create Collaborative Innovation.” The class will explore innovative solutions to Penn’s sustainability challenges. It is designed as a laboratory for learning about sustainability within complex social systems and how to apply that knowledge to specific environmental challenges on and around campus. Students will learn how to create change within a big organization like Penn, plus how to apply this new knowledge to specific sustainability projects... READ MORE
 
CONSERVING ENERGY
Power Down Challenge College House Residents Back Their Pledges to Power Down
As Penn students headed off for winter break this December, many took the pledge to turn down, turn off, or unplug appliances in their rooms. Turns out they did more than pledge; their efforts translated into an average 7.2 percent daily reduction in electrical use over the break and nearly 7 percent in savings on the electric bill for the University. Thanks to support from Eco-Reps in college houses and Greek chapters, more than 2,000 Penn students living on campus pledged to power down, demonstrating their commitment to energy conservation... READ MORE
LED Street Lamps Energy Reduction Fund Projects Underway
Penn Facilities and Real Estate Services has announced the selection of several Energy Reduction Fund projects that are currently being implemented across the campus. The Energy Reduction Fund, launched in September 2010, is a centralized mechanism to propose, prioritize, and track energy saving projects and energy retrofits for campus buildings... READ MORE
 
MINIMIZING WASTE
Deskside Recycling Bin Vance Hall Deskside Recycling Pilot Yields Big Results
The Wharton School recently concluded a Fall 2010 pilot project that replaced the deskside trash bins of over 50 staff members in Vance Hall with paper recycling bins. In addition to replacing the personal deskside bins, central trash and recycling collection stations were also upgraded with standardized bins and consistent labels. Over the course of the pilot, the Vance office saw an increase of 204 percent in the volume of its recyclables, a result that has encouraged Wharton staff to begin expanding the same model in other office areas within the school... READ MORE
King's Court English College House King's Court / English College House Switching to Single Stream
King’s Court / English College House will undergo a complete replacement of trash and recycling bins throughout the building later this month, the first project in a series of planned upgrades to the recycling infrastructure in Penn’s eleven college houses and Sansom Place. As part of the project, King’s Court / English will become the first college house to have a single stream recycling set-up, where all recyclables – paper, glass, plastic, metal, and cardboard – go together in the same bin... READ MORE
Paper Towels School of Medicine Expands Paper Towel Recycling
In December 2010, the School of Medicine launched paper towel recycling in all of its public restrooms, an effort that the school anticipates will significantly increase the overall percentage of materials recycled on campus. The expansion is a result of several successful pilots across the campus. Huntsman Hall served as the first test location after data from a 2010 Earth Day waste audit revealed that paper products such as towels and napkins accounted for approximately 30 percent of the building’s waste stream. Clear trash bags in restrooms throughout the School of Medicine were simply switched out for blue recycling liners, making the transition to recycling seamless. Read more about Penn’s paper towel recycling initiative here.
 
DESIGNING GREEN
Joe's Cafe Joe's Cafe Showcases Penn's Sustainability Attainability
Joe’s Café, a new eatery located on the ground floor of the Wharton School’s Steinberg Hall - Dietrich Hall is the quintessential example of the University’s green efforts: a campus venue built to achieve a LEED gold designation for its commercial interior renovation, food-service practices, recycling, composting and chemical-free cleaning methods. Joe’s, named for Joseph Wharton, founder of Penn’s business school, opened in December and supports the University’s Climate Action Plan with its application of best practices in waste reduction, and energy conservation, and green building methods... READ MORE
 
REDUCING EMISSIONS
Parking Parking Services Introduces Preferred Parking for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
To support the Climate Action Plan goal of lowering the University’s carbon footprint, Penn Parking Services is designating five percent of its parking spaces in garages for electric/hybrid vehicles. The spaces will be located near entrances, exits, or elevators, as required by the LEED designation program, and will be clearly delineated by signage. They will be available exclusively to hybrid and electric vehicles until 10 a.m. each day. After 10 a.m., other permit holders or paying visitors can make use of these spaces if they are unoccupied... READ MORE
 
LEADING THE GREEN
Emily Schiller WG'09 Emily Schiller C'02 WG'09
Associate Director of Sustainability and Leadership at Wharton

Shortly after earning her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Penn, Emily was named Wharton’s Associate Director for Sustainability and Leadership in 2009. Since then, she has helped launch numerous successful sustainability initiatives within the Wharton School that are currently being replicated across campus. In addition to serving as an ex oficio board member of Wharton’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL), Emily works with Wharton students, staff, faculty, and administrators to develop a comprehensive school sustainability program focused on operational eco-efficiency and behavior change.

CLICK HERE TO READ OUR INTERVIEW WITH EMILY