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Penn’s Power Down Challenge is planned for February 1-28, 2017. Start thinking now about ways you can join this campus- wide energy reduction campaign! How can you encourage members of the Penn community to reduce their energy consumption and deepen their understanding of energy-related issues?  The Power Down Challenge includes educational and interactive events, culminating in a campus- wide, 24- hour Energy Reduction Challenge on Wednesday, February 22.


On December 14th, Staff & Faculty Eco-Reps hosted their final meeting of the year with an awards luncheon recognizing exceptional members who have gone above and beyond in their role as sustainability ambassadors. This is a new feature of the program developed by the group’s Steering Committee, comprised of staff across various Penn schools and Centers.  


You might have seen it advertised on a poster staked into the ground around campus; you might have noticed it listed in an unassuming green box on the Green Campus Partnership (GCP) website; you might have heard of it through an email from your College House. 

ReThink: Reuse and Recycling

Penn's Staff & Faculty Eco-Reps manage collection programs to reuse or recycle products: eyeglasses, shoes, and writing instruments. These initiatives help reduce landfill waste and the impacts of manufacturing new products, while promoting reuse and recycling. Read about our collection partnerships below.

The PennMOVES program began in 2008 to promote the sustainable re-use of clothing, furniture, and other gently used items left behind by students moving out of College Houses. 2016 greatly exceeded prior year collections.

Offices represent a significant portion of campus energy and material use and waste production. The Green Campus Partnership recognizes the efforts of staff and faculty to green their daily activities by offering four levels of Green Office certification.

Electronics like cell phones, computers, printers, TVs, and a long list of others are commonplace in today’s society.  The quick turnover of this technology, such as new cell phone models released each year, push innovation to the limit, but has stark consequences for our waste streams.  The United States produces 3.3 million tons of e-waste each year, compared to the 40 million tons produced globally (GOOD.IS).  This waste often has a higher value than most landfill content because of the costly materials from which electronics are manufactured. 

Through ongoing renovations and construction of new buildings, SAS has managed to divert much of their used furniture from landfills. The program started in 2014 and since then 10.5 tons of furniture has been reused and 27.83 tons of furniture has been recycled. This totals 38.33 tons diverted from landfills.

The Penn Humanities Forum welcomes Winona LaDuke on Thursday, October 13th. Renowned for her work on tribal land claims and preservation as well as sustainable development, Winona LaDuke will discuss her White Earth Land Recovery Project on the White Earth (Anishinaabe) Reservation in Minnesota.


Penn Eco-Reps is an environmental leadership program that promotes sustainable lifestyles across Penn’s communities.  Representatives support the University’s Climate Action Plan through peer education, projects, and outreach events.  Eco-Reps represent an environmental consciousness and challenge their peers to adopt a culture of sustainability.


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