Philadelphia Director of Sustainability Katherine Gajewski Kicks Off Penn Energy Showdown

April 01, 2010

Last semester Fels received a grant from the Penn Green Fund to manage a Dormitory Energy Competition on campus in 2010 and 2011.

The competition is now ready to start, with an energy “showdown” between Harrison and Rodin College Houses. The goals of the “Penn Energy Showdown” are (1) to reduce energy usage by students, thereby saving on utility costs, and (2) to educate students about energy conservation and change their long-term behavior.

The event will square the two College Houses off in a week-long competition to reduce their energy use. The House that reduces the greatest amount of energy vs. a week-long baseline measurement in late March wins the competition. A variety of energy-saving tips will be advertised to students, who stand to win a bounty of prizes such as IPods and T-shirts.

To kick off the week-long event, Katherine Gajewski, Director of Sustainability for the City of Philadelphia will give a lecture entitled ‘Making Philly the Greenest City in the Nation’ next Wednesday April 7th 2010, 5.30-7.30 pm at Harrison College House, Heyer Sky Lounge.

Fels hopes to attract not only students within the two competing College Houses, but those interested in Philadelphia’s energy and sustainability initiatives. Most importantly, free pizza will be provided after the talk!

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