Staff & Faculty Eco-Reps

Staff & Faculty Eco-Reps

Staff & Faculty Eco-Reps Program

The Staff & Faculty Eco-Reps Program is a peer education program that provides the tools to improve the environmental sustainability of Penn offices and labs. Staff & Faculty Eco-Reps work with campus stakeholders and within their departments and offices to develop educational events, activities, and campaigns aimed at supporting the University’s environmental goals and Climate Action Plan. Initiatives include energy conservation, waste and recycling practices, alternative transportation, consumer choices, and more. 

The program is comprised of over 100 staff and faculty members across the University representing a diverse set of offices, schools, and centers.



A Steering Committee helps guide the program

  • Dan Garofalo, Penn Sustainability Office
  • Elizabeth Main, Penn Sustainability Office
  • Carla Anderson (co-chair), Penn Law
  • Danielle Cavalcanto (co-chair), PSOM
  • Laura Deen (co-chair), Wharton
  • Beth Delaney (chair of Membership Subcommittee), Office of Gift Planning
  • Licinia "Lulu" Kaliher (chair of Communications Subcommittee), CHAS
  • Jackie Zahn (chair of Education Subcommittee), SAS
  • Eric Baratta (at-large member), SAS


Mission Statement

Designed to improve environmental awareness and behavior change, the program builds knowledge and leadership across Penn's schools and centers by empowering individuals to champion the goals outlined in Penn's Climate Action Plan 2.0.



Participating staff and faculty volunteers meet monthly to share best sustainable practices between departments, and attend brief trainings by the Penn Sustainability Office on sustainability topics. Eco-Reps then implement change spreading awareness of important sustainability issues and conservation strategies in their respective offices and departments through projects, events, and creative informational campaigns.

For information about the Staff & Faculty Eco-Reps Program, please email


Get Involved

Are you motivated to make your office, lab, or larger Penn community more "green"? Apply to the Staff & Faculty Eco-Reps program to get information, support, and peer problem-solving!

Penn's Eco-Rep program is the premier place for employees to who want to reduce Penn's environmental footprint and enhance the workplace by educating and engaging others in more sustainable actions.


  • Coordinate a Green Team in your department to implement sustainability initiatives
  • Consider working with your Green Team or office to achieve Green Office Certification
  • Communicate with your dept. about sustainability at least once a month
  • Share information with other Eco-Reps about your initiatives
  • Ask for advice if you encounter challenges - at our monthly meetings and on the email listserv
  • Act as a liaison to Facilities and Real Estate Services (FRES) for eco-ideas and issues
  • Attend monthly meetings



Fill out our application form in order to apply to be part of the Staff & Faculty Eco-Reps program.

After you hit submit, keep an eye out for information about upcoming meetings. If you have any questions on the status of your application, please email

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An alphabetical listing of current Staff & Faculty Eco-Reps, including school or center, and department.

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This page contains useful resources for Staff & Faculty Eco-Reps intended to help members with project implementation, education, and methodology. 

Penn Meeting Calendar

Plan to attend these Eco-Rep meetings in 2018.

Learn about Penn's reuse collection partnerships for eyeglasses, shoes, and writing instruments. 

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