SEAS Green Team Past Events

Sustainability Fair

The Sustainability Fair is a one-day activity fair that aims to educate the Penn community on different resources available to improve sustainability both at work and at home. We invite various campus groups to participate. This past year, we had the following informational tables:

  • Food Sustainability: Many people were interested in sustainable events at Penn. When students attended, we focused on what students can do at events: what items are recyclable, how to reduce their own waste.
  • Water Sustainability: The Water Taste Challenge was a Big Hit! When the water was cold, only about 25% of people were able to distinguish between tap/bottled/filtered water.
  • Power Sustainability: Power down tips were given to students and staff. 35 people signed up to receive Green Strips for their offices/desks. This will reduce ghost and unneeded electricity loads at Penn.
  • Green Purchasing: All visitors were given information on Ben’s Attic and how to purchase sustainability at Penn. https://upenn.unl.edu/
  • Book Recycling: Visitors were invited to donate old books and textbooks in exchange for a new donated book. Info about our next swap was given to those who wanted to donate later: Levine Lobby, December 15th 11-3 and December 18th 11-1.
  • Education: We were recruiting for the VIPER program. VIPER recruits mostly high school age students, but many others were interested. https://www.viper.upenn.edu/
  • University Practices: FRES sustainability was able to answer wide-spread questions about sustainability at SEAS and throughout campus. Water bottles were raffled off.
  • Biking: Information about biking on campus and throughout the city was discussed. Bike share programs were highlighted.

Book Swap

Once each semester the Green Team holds a book swap in Levine Lobby. The Penn community is invited to swap old books in exchange for new books at the event. All books left over at the end of the day are donated to a local charity. The event is held in conjunction with the end of the semester to encourage students to swap old textbooks.

Power Down Challenge

The Power Down Challenge is a competition between academic buildings to see who can conserve the most energy in comparison to their monthly average. Steps to decrease energy consumption included using Smart Strips, turning off the lights in unused rooms, taking advantage of natural light, and switching to energy efficient light bulbs.

Water Taste Challenge

The Water Taste Challenge is a survey in which we asked staff, faculty and students in SEAS to compare the taste of filtered, bottled, and tap water. Participants were asked to taste a sample of the three different types of water and distinguish which ones were which. A total of 129 people participated in this event, and only 32 people were able to correctly guess the types of water. That’s a meager 25 percent. This just goes to show that despite popular belief, bottled water does not always taste better, nor is it better for you for that matter. Over 30 billion water bottles are sold in the Unites States alone, yet only 12 percent of those plastic water bottles get recycled. As a whole, we need to start eliminating the use of plastic water bottles and conserve the world’s resources.