Results: Penn Powers Down 11.4%

2017 PDC reduction results
February 23, 2017

Yesterday, the 2017 Power Down Challenge culminated in our second annual campus-wide Energy Reduction Challenge. Over the course of 24 hours, the entire Penn community collaborated to save as much energy as possible by turning off lights, turning down the thermostat, unplugging appliances, and reducing energy in whatever ways possible. We were amazed by the level of participation and are excited to share the results with you.

Over the 24-hour period on February 22nd, we reduced campus-wide energy use by 11.4% or 282,350 kilowatt hours—equivalent to 198 metric tons of CO2 emissions, taking 42 cars off the road, or planting 5,143 trees. This was the lowest usage of any day—including weekends—throughout the entire month, and the results are normalized to account for differences in the weather. We are very excited about the results and want to thank everyone for your participation and support!

As a result of these savings, Penn’s Sustainability Office will be donating $11,400 to the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships to support climate research grants for undergraduate students this summer. These grants give students the chance to conduct innovative research under the direction of Penn faculty and address issues of environmental sustainability and global climate change.