Penn students become reps for sustainability

sustainabilityA group of students at the University of Pennsylvania are about to become Eco-reps, volunteers from three Penn residence halls and one fraternity that educate their peers about sustainability and of Penn’s  Climate Action Plan commitments.

Twenty seven students in all – ten students in U of P’s Hill College House, ten in Kings Court English College  House, six in Rodin College House and one in Tau Epsilon Phi – are being trained to be sustainability ambassadors to fellow residents.

Dan Garofalo, the University’s sustainability coordinator, said “we  believe motivated students who are interested in environmental issues can help  their peers make better choices and decisions in their behavior as it  relates to the environment.”

sustainability 2This group of committed eco-minded students will focus on the University’s environmental initiatives, including:

  • reduced energy consumption and carbon production
  • improved waste reduction and recycling  habits
  • water conservation practices
  • green transportation alternatives   
  • consumer choices

Their goal is to create a more sustainable campus  environment. They’re gearing up to their first joint event: an energy-conservation challenge where residents of each building pledges to “unplug, turn  down or turn off” their electronics and thermostats while they’re away during  winter break. Energy data will be compared to last year’s to pinpoint the  reductions.

There are Eco-reps programs at a number of universities around the country. Seems like college students around the country are embracing sustainabilityand turning that into positive actions, something our politicians could take lessons from.

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