Since 2009, Penn’s Student Eco-Reps have served as waste minimization champions on campus as they have encouraged their peers to change their waste disposal habits. This fall, Eco Reps are working on Sustainability Impact Projects, a new feature of the Eco Reps program designed to further expand students’ environmental leadership. Eco-Reps are partnering with thirteen community and campus organizations to implement hands-on, outcomes-based projects. You can read more about the Impact Projects here.

Since 2009, Penn’s Student Eco-Reps have served as waste minimization champions on campus as they have encouraged their peers to change their waste disposal habits. This fall, Eco Reps are working on Sustainability Impact Projects, a new feature of the Eco Reps program designed to further expand students’ environmental leadership. Eco-Reps are partnering with thirteen community and campus organizations to implement hands-on, outcomes-based projects. You can read more about the Impact Projects here.

Wondering how to reduce waste at your next department event? Look no further the Green Events Guide, a resource recently developed by the Green Campus Partnership and launching during ReThink Your Footprint. This guide provides tips that can be exercised at a variety of events, from department-wide gatherings to small staff meetings to lunchtime seminars.

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University Landscape Architect Bob Lundgren and Landscape Planner Chloe Cerwinka are working with the University’s Urban Park Staff to create a new compost site for campus leaf litter. The site is located at the southern tip of Penn Park, next to the Maintenance Center and close to the Penn Park orchard. The site, which can produce over 200 cubic yards of compost, consists of a series of storage areas in which leaves will be turned intermittently until they have decomposed.

Since 2009, Penn’s Student Eco-Reps have served as waste minimization champions on campus as they have encouraged their peers to change their waste disposal habits. This fall, Eco Reps are working on Sustainability Impact Projects, a new feature of the Eco Reps program designed to further expand students’ environmental leadership. Eco-Reps are partnering with thirteen community and campus organizations to implement hands-on, outcomes-based projects. You can read more about the Impact Projects here.

Bailey Rowland AASHE Oct 2015

Bailey Rowland (C'14, MES'15), who had worked as an intern in Penn’s Sustainability Office, received the prestigious Undergraduate Student Research Award from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) at its 2015 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis.

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carbon footprint: The total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).

Since 2009, the Eco-Reps program has engaged Penn students as peer educators, campaign organizers, and sustainability champions. Starting this fall, the Sustainability Office is introducing a new feature of the program, designed to further expand the student’s role as campus environmental leaders – Eco-Reps Impact Projects.

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Nearly 47,000 pounds of clothing and household goods were donated by Penn students when they moved out last May – and it all went to Goodwill, thanks to volunteers with PennMOVES. 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.

Other collections over three days at the end of the semester included:

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Penn employees welcomed the beginning of warmer weather this spring by getting outdoors for at least 30 minutes each day, as part of the University’s 2015 30x30 Challenge.  Program registrants numbered 345, with almost half of them joining a Facebook group dedicated to the Challenge.  Events included walks along the Schuylkill River and from campus to Bartram’s Gardens, and tours of Penn with University Landscape Architect, Bob Lundgren.

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