Applications are open for Penn Student Eco-Reps – the deadline is August 30. Penn Eco-Reps is an environmental leadership program that promotes sustainable lifestyles across Penn’s communities. 

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University research labs are known to use a great deal of energy to support research and use large electronic equipment. Lab managers often are looking for ways to reduce energy consumption, and a new program through Penn’s Division of Facilities & Real Estate Services may help these sustainability efforts. The ULT (ultra-low temperature) Freezer Efficiency Program aims to reduce the number of old, under-utilized, and abandoned freezers, and incentivizes the purchase of energy-efficient ULT freezers.

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The airwaves in Philadelphia buzzed on Sunday, February 8 with the voices of Penn’s sustainability leadership.  University Architect David Hollenberg and Dan Garofalo, Penn’s Sustainability Director, were guests on The Green Hour, a weekly radio program on 900AM WURD. The program’s mission is to raise the awareness among their listening audience about health and environment.

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Penn’s Division of Human Resources has announced the 2015 Models of Excellence Program Award winners, an initiative introduced in 1999 to recognize notable staff member accomplishments at Penn that reflect initiative, leadership, increased efficiency, and a deep commitment to service.

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The 30x30 Challenge is an effort to encourage the Penn community to get outside, learn about local ecology, and appreciate the beauty of nature. Join Penn's 30x30 Challenge and challenge yourself to spend at least 30 minutes outdoors in nature each day for all 30 days of April.

The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia has finished in first place in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s nationwide College and University Green Power Challenge in news released in January 2015.

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Braving a damp, drizzly day, volunteers joined Penn’s Urban Park staff to plant trees as part of a new fruit orchard in Penn Park.  Designed for research, this orchard will be used to study the development of fruit-bearing plants in urban environments.

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Chem ‘73, the 1973 Wing of the Chemistry Laboratories in Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences, is the first building in which a comprehensive mechanical and lighting systems renovation under Penn’s Century Bond program has been completed.  This 150,000 square foot building is home to lab, lecture, and offices spaces, an auditorium and a library — all functioning with what, in many cases, were the original internal systems for cooling, heating and lighting.

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Anxious to get started “being green” after hearing about the launch of Penn’s Climate Action Plan 2.0? Then this fall’s ReThink Your Footprint campaign was the perfect way to begin.

The goal of the annual ReThink Your Footprint campaign is to raise the level of conversation about waste management beyond recycling and engage the campus in a broader discussion of source reduction and reuse. As a University, Penn has already made great strides in reducing overall waste and managing its trash, and this year we continue to build upon this work.

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Greek chapters at Penn have participated in their own version of the Power Down Challenge. This month-long energy reduction competition, hosted by Greek Eco-Reps in partnership with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, took place in November. Thirteen chapters competed to see which fraternity or sorority lowered its electricity use the most. Baseline usage was determined by averaging the previous two years of data (November 2012 and November 2013).

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