Sustainability News from the Drexel University Sustainability Council

A Note from the Chair
John Urry Lecture
Project Green Challenge

What’s New at the Academy
Green Grants Winners
Green News Briefs

A Note from the Chair

As the 2012 Fall Quarter begins, the Sustainability Council is once again seeking new members to sign our Sustainability Pledge and contribute ideas and support for green-themed programs and events at Drexel. Please consider joining the Council, or spread the word to fellow students and colleagues who might be interested in participating. The preliminary schedule of Sustainability Council meetings has been set, so mark you calendar for these upcoming dates (all meetings held from noon to 1:30 pm):

  • Thursday, October 18
  • Thursday, November 15
  • Thursday, December 20

— Kyle Kephart

Sustainability Lecture: “Can Societies Power Down?”
with John Urry

Drexel University’s Center for Mobilities Research and Policy is sponsoring a lecture, “Can Societies Power Down and If So How?” by John Urry, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University, UK, on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from noon to 1:30 pm in the Skyview Room on the 6th floor of MacAlister Hall. The talk is free and open to the public.

Professor Urry will give an analysis of how western societies are confronted by the interdependent crises of offshore finance, energy insecurity and rising GHG emissions; of the obvious need to “power down” societies; of some green shoots of a possible powering down; of the powerful forces which appear to preclude such powering down; and of the varied ways in which a powered down future may materialize.

The lecture, co-sponsored by the Sustainability Council and the Academy of Natural Sciences’ Urban Sustainability Forum, is part of Peace Day Philly, a local initiative that aims to promote participation in the United Nations International Day of Peace, held annually on Sept. 21. This year’s theme is “Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future.” Peace Day Philly will hold its official International Day of Peace Observance at Love Park (16th Street and JFK Boulevard) on Sept. 21 beginning at 11:10 am and ending with a Global Minute of Silence at noon.

Are You Ready for Project Green Challenge?

This October, Drexel University will participate in Project Green Challenge, a 30-day eco lifestyle challenge engaging over 2,600 high school and college students on 510 campuses across the country to transition from conventional to conscious living. The Challenge, run by the student-led Teens Turning Green organization, aims to raise awareness about conscious living, informed consumption and the collective impact of each of our actions.

Throughout the month of October, four daily green challenges will be outlined on the Project Green Challenge website and in an e-mail delivered to student participants each morning. With each challenge will come a set of tasks and deliverables that participants will be asked to complete and upload to social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.

The further you delve into the challenges, the more points you’ll accrue, along with the opportunity to win prizes, including a grand prize — thousands of dollars worth of scholarships and eco-friendly gifts. Visit the Project Green Challenge information page for more details and instructions on how to participate.

What’s New at the Academy

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is hosting a wealth of sustainability lectures and programs throughout the fall through the Center for Environmental Policy, many of which are free to members and Drexel students with a valid ID. This Thursday, Sept. 20, at 6 pm, the Urban Sustainability Forum is hosting a program about the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Roots to Re-Entry job training program, a new jobs initiative that provides inmates of the Philadelphia prison system with meaningful opportunities and practical job training while fostering healthy green communities. On Tuesday, Sept. 25, “Global Weirdness and the Weather of the Future” is the topic of an author talk and book signing by Climate Central contributor Michael Lemonick.

And mark your calendar for Nov. 8, 2012, when the Academy hosts an evening with Marion Nestle, internationally known consumer activist, nutritionist, and award-winning author, as she discusses the increasingly alarming way food processing, marketing and sales are politicized in the U.S. The program, free to Drexel students with a valid ID, begins at 5:30 pm with a networking reception and is co-sponsored by the Drexel University School of Public Health. For more information on these and other events coming soon to the Academy, visit the Center for Environmental Policy’s website. Drexel offers free shuttle rides to the Academy of Natural Sciences along the Dragon Route (Center City Loop).

Congratulations to the 2012 Green Grants Winners!

The Drexel Green Grants program is part of Drexel Business Services’ initiative to encourage the development of environmentally aware practices and creative thinking about sustainability issues. The 2012 Green Grants campaign asked participants to ponder the future of the Academy of the Natural Sciences of Drexel University and generate ideas for unique ways in which the partnership between the Academy and Drexel could further sustainability efforts. Twenty-four undergraduate and graduate students were awarded a total of $24,000 in grants for the 2012-2013 academic year, and six faculty, professional staff and alumni won a total of $3,000 in Barnes & Noble gift cards. The essays submitted by all participants yielded many fantastic ideas. Drexel Business Services, in partnership with Sodexo, Barnes & Noble and Office Depot, would like to congratulate the 2012 Drexel Green Grants winners and thank all those who participated.

Green News Briefs

New Recycling Containers  Through a grant with Coca-Cola, a Drexel Business Services University partner, Drexel received 50 recycling containers that have been placed at the Queen Lane Campus, Creese Student Center and Drexel’s University City Campus Residence Halls to support Drexel’s recycling efforts.

Queen Lane Hydration Station  Drexel Green donated water bottles to support the Drexel University College of Medicine’s New Student Orientation program for incoming students on Aug. 7. The water bottles are now being used by students at the Queen Lane Campus, where two new dual water fountain and Hydration Stations were recently installed.

Electric Cars on Campus  Want to drive an electric car? PhillyCarShare has added new Chevy Volt extended range vehicles and pod locations in University City this year, and is offering special discounted rates through a partnership with Drexel University. Two Volts were added at a new pod location at 33rd and Cherry Streets last spring, and an existing pod at 34th and Market Streets added another vehicle. PhillyCarShare will waive the $25 application fee and offer discounts on yearly plans for all Drexel student, faculty and professional staff participants, as well as free business accounts for any University department or group.

Costume Swap: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 11 am to 3 pm on Race Street Lawn  The Drexel Sierra Club invites you to REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE to GREEN your Halloween! Bring your costume from last Halloween to trade in for a new, gently used costume to use this year.

Weight of the Nation Series  Weight of the Nation is a new HBO documentary series based on the obesity epidemic in America. The four-part series focuses on the consequences of obesity and the challenges that we face if our lifestyle does not change. Drexel’s Nutrition Association will host the series starting this fall. Follow us on, Drexel Nutrition Association for more details.

Fall Term Camping: November 2-4, location TBD  Join the Sierra Club for their Fall Camping trip. We will hike, eat food, and play games. It’s a great way to escape the stresses of exams, the city and technology to be with friends for a weekend!

Contact Us
Drexel Green and the Sustainability Council continue to grow, and we want to hear from you with ideas or offers of expertise. If you'd like to join the Council let us know.

Kyle Kephart, Director of Quality Services, Student Life and Administrative Services

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