Power Down results are in! $5,800 goes to Climate Action research

February 25, 2016

Yesterday, the 2016 Power Down Challenge culminated in the first-ever 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, taking the stairs, unplugging, and reducing energy in whatever ways possible. 

Penn saw a 5.8% weather-normalized energy reduction compared to the rest of the month. That’s a savings of 220,460 kilowatt hours or 2.2 megawatts, which is equivalent to 152 metric tons of CO2, 354 barrels of oil, or charging an iPhone6 for 58,016 years straight. 

As a result of these savings, Penn’s Sustainability Office in Facilities and Real Estate Services will be donating $5,800 to support Climate Action Research Grants to the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships. These grants give undergraduate students the chance to conduct innovative research under the direction of Penn faculty and address issues of environmental sustainability and global climate change. We are very proud to contribute this wonderful academic program.

We would like to give our thanks and appreciation to the entire campus and all our partners who played a role in collaborating on this day! We certainly discovered ways to save.



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