Access Penn Plant Explorer on your mobile device so you can discover plants or gardens located nearby as you walk through Penn’s campus.

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Starting next year (2016-2017), Penn’s Eco-Reps program is transitioning into a paid internship experience.

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Looking for a job in sustainability? We talked with Mylène Kerschner, Associate Director at Career Services, to learn more about the Career Services office and how they can help you get that dream job! Career Services is a 2016 Power Down Partner. 

 

Green Campus Partnership: What is Career Services and what are some of the services you provide?

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What the heck is a REC? A REC or Renewable Energy Credit is associated with one-megawatt production of clean energy and can be purchased or sold on a market. But how do they help promote renewables and why does Penn buy them? We turned to Dan Garofalo, Penn’s Sustainability Director, and Andrew Zarynow, Energy Planning Engineer, to answer our questions. Below is an edited transcript of our conversation.

 

Green Campus Partnership: How are RECs used in the market and by whom?

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As bond market interest rates plummeted, Penn took this opportunity to propel the University into the modern age of energy efficiency and capital improvements. With millions of dollars generated through the issuance of Century Bonds, we decided it was time to learn how Penn uses this financial tool and why the decision is so instrumental in financing our future.

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Founded in 2011, Penn’s very own bike-share, PennCycle, redefines transportation and makes biking safe, easy, and affordable. As part of Penn Student Agencies, PennCycle is a student-run, sustainable business. Recently, we sat down with Travis Gosse, PennCycle’s Student Manager, to discuss how PennCycle is making Penn a more energy-friendly campus.

 

Green Campus Partnership: What’s PennCycle’s mission?

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When it comes to tackling climate change, understanding the risks involved is hugely important. But how do we incorporate these risks into tangible solutions? We talked to the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center’s Founder and Co-Director, Dr. Howard Kunreuther, to learn more.

 

Green Campus Partnership: What is the Risk Center and what is its purpose?

Notice the new pre-game light show at the Palestra? The redesigned Hutchinson Gymnasium? The LEED Certified Weiss Weight Room? We caught up with the team responsible! Keith Maurer, Associate Director for Athletic Facilities, and Noah Gustkey, Assistant AD for Facilities, help manage the athletic facilities and keep our campus running. We learned more about what they do. Below is an edited excerpt of our discussion.

 

Green Campus Partnership: What are your everyday responsibilities?

Interested in how we can better “nurse” sustainability on campus? We stopped by Fagin Hall to talk with Lucia DiNapoli, Executive Assistant to the Dean of Nursing and Joseph Gomez, Building and Operations Administrator for the School of Nursing to learn more about sustainability at Penn’s Nursing School.

 

Green Campus Partnership: What are your main responsibilities in a sustainability capacity?

From College Hall to Leidy, the School of Arts and Sciences can be found across a wide variety of campus buildings. To discuss the challenges surrounding sustainability in SAS, we talked to Brittany Gross, Space and Projects Coordinator for the School of Arts and Sciences.

 

Green Campus Partnership: What are you main responsibilities?

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