Power Down Pairs with Energy Week @Penn

power down campaign poster explaining event
October 28, 2019

This year’s Power Down campaign shared the energy messaging of the October 15 launch of the Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0  and leveraged Penn’s first Energy Week program, October 21-25. Energy Week@Penn, sponsored by the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy and the Vagelos Institute for Energy Science and Technology, was comprised of academic lectures, panels, and seminars looking at energy across the nation and around the globe. The events hosted by Penn Sustainability focused on energy specifically at the level of Penn’s campus. 

  1. Penn Sustainability had a table at the entrance to the Energy Week Launch event on Monday, October 21. The event was a showcase of energy innovation with research posters, prototypes, and video highlights. The Penn Sustainability table featured energy-saving tips and a raffle to win prizes like a solar-powered Bluetooth speaker and solar-powered phone charger.
  2. The Energy at Penn lunch on Wednesday, October 23 featured Ben Suplick of FRES Operations and Maintenance and served as an educational opportunity for attendees to learn where Penn’s energy comes from, FRES efforts to reduce energy use and carbon emissions, and how building occupants can conserve energy. This event was co-sponsored by the Climate Reality Project, a student group within the Student Sustainability Association at Penn, and saw over 60 attendees.
  3. Electronic waste collections throughout the week at five Schools (Dental, Engineering, Law, Medicine, and Nursing) recycled 28,939 pounds of electronic waste and equipment through EForce Recycling.
    1. Dental: 1,142 pounds
    2. Engineering: 455 pounds
    3. Law: 955 pounds
    4. Medicine: 25,195 pounds
    5. Nursing: 1,192 pounds
  4. Tips on energy reduction were circulated through channels including Penn Sustainability social media, email listservs, and TV screens in buildings throughout Schools and Centers.