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Penn Grad Wins AASHE Student Research in Campus Sustainability Award

Bailey Rowland AASHE Oct 2015
October 26, 2015

Bailey Rowland (C'14, MES'15), who had worked as an intern in Penn’s Sustainability Office, received the prestigious Undergraduate Student Research Award from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) at its 2015 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis.

Bailey’s senior thesis, “Evaluating Penn’s Green Living Certification: Successes and Recommendations for Improvement” examined Penn’s Green Living program, launched during the 2012-2013 academic year. As student manager of the program, Bailey played a major role in building the program guidelines and designing the logo and marketing materials. During the two years she led the program, more than 150 Penn students living in campus housing qualified to “certify” their College House rooms as green. The case study of Green Living can be found on the AASHE website.

"I was really surprised when I found out I won this award,” said Bailey. “I submitted my research to AASHE so that other schools could learn from our success with Green Living and be inspired to create a similar program. Being able to develop this program from a pilot stage to a point where we have hundreds of participants has been a great experience. I am humbled and flattered that my research has been recognized by the national organization that is promoting sustainability in higher education."

Julian Goresko, Penn’s Sustainability Outreach Manager, served as Bailey’s thesis advisor. “Bailey was a phenomenal student and contributed valuable research that helped Penn launch the Green Living program,” Julian remembered. “She combined her passion for environmental studies with strong analytical work that examined incentives for green behavior in Penn’s residences.”

“Getting to work with students like Bailey makes me optimistic,” added Dan Garafalo, Penn’s Sustainability Director. “A more equitable, healthier, and sustainable world will not come about soon or suddenly, and leaders like Bailey will be working year in, year out, to change minds and habits across our culture.  But the work will be worth it. She has an exciting career ahead of her, and because of people like her, we all have a brighter future in store as well.”

AASHE’s mission is to inspire and catalyze higher education to lead the global sustainability transformation. Learn more at aashe.org.

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