40th Street Sustainability Smackdown

40th Street Sustainability Smackdown


A student-led energy efficiency plan for retail merchants in Penn’s off-campus properties along 40th Street.

The 40th Street Sustainability Smackdown was held from October 11 to November 22, 2010. A total of five student teams, comprised of undergraduate and graduate students from Penn’s School of Design and School of Engineering & Applied Science, participated in the competition. Student teams were directed to submit a creative and feasible design to improve total building environmental performance of a designated Penn-owned commercial property on 40th Street, demonstrating how energy and/or other resources could be conserved through integrated solutions. Each team was to develop a design vision and engineering plan for the building they were assigned.  Briefing materials, including CAD floor plans, energy audit data, participating tenants, and equipment were made available to the teams.  The University City District (UCD) worked with the School of Design’s Environmental Planning & Environmental Design (EPED) student club to publicize the competition and organize the information sessions leading up to the competition. First place was awarded to the project team behind ATOP Hamilton Village; runner-up was the project team of Seeking Ground.

Green Fund Summary Report: 40th Street Sustainability Smackdown

Project Leader: 
Carolyn Hewson, Project Manager, Neighborhood Initiatives, University City District
Project Sponsor: 
Ed Datz, Executive Director of Real Estate, Facilities and Real Estate Services