Penn completed its STARS survey for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and has received a Gold Rating for its 2017 submission. The STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System) survey is a comprehensive benchmarking system developed and overseen by AASHE, and is used by more than 800 colleges and universities on six continents to evaluate their environmental performance. STARS is a transparent, point-based system with categories spanning all aspects of Penn's academics, operations, and administration.

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Thanks to all who participated in the 2018 Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 18 at the Penn Museum.

 

This year, Bike to Work Day at Penn included:

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Smith Walk at UPenn

Progress to-date on the 2014 University-wide Climate Action Plan 2.0 environmental goals.

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The Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH) at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for ten-week Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships. We seek to build a vibrant cohort of six Summer Fellows (cohort size is contingent on the receipt of funding for which PPEH faculty have applied). These summer research positions will support work on ongoing and anticipated PPEH faculty projects in or around Philadelphia, addressing urban waters from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives.

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As a reminder, the Tax Year 2017 Claim Period for the Penn Bike Commuter Expense Reimbursement Program is now open and continues through February 28.  Program eligibility forms and instructional guides are available to assist bike commuters.

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The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors (US Citizens, US Nationals, and Permanent Residents) dedicated to leadership and public service in two areas: students from any ethnic background interested in conservation and environmental issues from any political perspective, and American Indians and Alaska Natives pursuing health-related careers or working on Tribal Policy.

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tabling during rethink your footprint

The Penn Community continued to reduce, reuse, and recycle in this year’s ReThink Your Footprint awareness campaign. During this one-week period, Oct. 16-20, an assortment of initiatives and events took place to raise awareness about source reduction, reuse, and recycling.

ReThink 2017 by the Numbers…

6,175 pounds or 3 tons

E-waste collections at five different locations gathered three tons of unwanted electronic products: computers, electronic office equipment, mobile phones, and more.

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Office Depot recently announced their awards recognizing public- and private-sector companies across the nation for their leadership in green purchasing. The University of Pennsylvania was one of only four educational institutions to receive the Leadership in Green Purchasing award, and was the sole winner of the Office Depot Special Recognition for Greener Spend Analysis Award. This award recognizes the exemplary efforts specific to analyzing green spend data in order to make long-term sustainable spending decisions.

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2017 green purchasing award group photo

The University of Pennsylvania’s Green Purchasing Awards presented by Penn’s Purchasing Services and the Green Campus Partnership were announced at the annual Purchasing Services Supplier Show on September 19. The awards honor leading actions of an individual or team that significantly advance the development of sustainable purchasing practices at Penn. Two Green Purchasing Awards were presented this year.

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