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Penn Holds Inaugural Power Down Challenge Over Winter Break

December 7, 2009

Beginning the week of December 21, Penn will hold the inaugural Power Down Challenge across the University in an effort to eliminate unnecessary energy consumption over Winter Break.

Electrical devices contribute significantly to Penn’s carbon footprint, and many of these remain unnecessarily plugged into outlets, continuing to consume energy over the Winter Break weeks.  Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to “Power Down and Unplug” their lights and appliances before leaving campus to help the University conserve energy and make progress toward its goal to reduce campus-wide energy use by 5 percent by September 2010.

To promote energy conservation among students, a competition will be held between Hill, Kings Court/English, and Rodin College Houses, challenging residents to unplug as many of their devices as possible before leaving for break.  Student residents will also be asked to commit to the effort by signing the “Power Down Pledge,” which is available on the Penn Green Campus Partnership website.

The percentage of students who sign the pledge within each College House will be calculated on December 23 and the house with the greatest participation will receive a prize upon their return from Winter Break.

To learn more about what you should “Power Down and Unplug,” visit the Penn Power Down Challenge page.

Fact

The operation of buildings contributes to 30-40% of total global energy use.

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