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A Note from the Chairs

The Sustainability Council would like to thank Tara McLoone-Gibble for her hard work and dedication in leading us over the past year and setting us on our current path for the 2011-2012 academic year. Under Tara's leadership the Council has grown to more than 100 members, with five thriving committees. Tara will continue to be a valued member and contributor as we go forward.

You'll notice something new in our newsletter. We now have faculty, professional staff and students contributing stories and design. We believe this gives a diverse perspective on Drexel's commitment to sustainability on campus and in the community. We hope you like the change.

- Kyle Kephart and Lisa Unruh



01. Score for Humanity with Drexel Women's Hoops
02. A Dispatch from the Front Lines of Campus Sustainability
03. Papadakis Building Demonstrates Drexel's Commitment to Green
04. Be a Good Neighbor: University City Community Clean-up
05. Drexel Blazes Sustainable Trail with PA Treasury
06. UC Green Turns to Drexel for Leadership
07. New Facebook and Twitter Pages Are Here
08. Cooking Locally and Sustainably: Acorn Cookies
09. It's Always the Right Time to take the Green Pledge
10. Contact Us

Score for Humanity with Drexel Women's Hoops


November on Drexel's campus means the start of another exciting basketball campaign, and the Sustainability Council is proud to partner with Drexel Athletics for a special recycling event on November 11 when the Dragons open the Women's National Invitational Tournament.

We will hold a clothing drive from 5-7 p.m. We'll be collecting new and used clothing and shoes at the north entrance to the DAC. To support our veterans we will donate all salvageable men's items to a Veteran's Group in the Powelton neighborhood. The rest will be donated to other charitable organizations or will be recycled.

Then stay for the game at 7p.m. and support our team! Click here to request a free game ticket. Tickets will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis until they're gone. For more information regarding the clothing collection, e-mail sustainability@drexel.edu .

- Mark Eggerts, Director of Strategic Communications, University Communications

A Dispatch from the Front Lines of Campus Sustainability

Bill Ling, a new member of the Sustainability Council, took time to tell us about his participation in last month's national conference of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Bill is a candidate for a master's degree in sport management as well as a graduate assistant in the Athletics Department.


I attended the AASHE Conference in Pittsburgh on behalf of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA), from whom I had received a national student leadership award. Everyone is looking at recreation programs to set examples for healthy living in all aspects. This is how the idea of a panel on sustainability in campus recreation came up.

Alongside four professionals from NIRSA, I presented on the student perspective and what colleges have done well to make students want to practice sustainability. I also sat in on a variety of education sessions and spoke with many professionals and students active in bringing sustainable practices to their campuses.

It seems that everyone is continuing to promote sustainable practices on their campus, but not everyone is well educated on sustainable practices and the importance of everyone participating. Some institutions are further along with their sustainability efforts and are receiving institutional support, while some still struggle with convincing administration to pay closer attention to this important issue.

I hope to continue promoting sustainability at Drexel and throughout NIRSA. I know that the progression to educate others and develop new practices will be slow, so it is important to stay vigilant and persistent in working towards sustainability.

- Bill Ling, Master's Candidate in Sport Management, Goodwin College

Papadakis Building Demonstrates Drexel's
Commitment to Green

If researchers were to study the "ecology" of Drexel's new Papadakis Integrated Science Building, home to the Biology and Environmental Science departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, they would observe that the "organisms"—the students, faculty and professional staff—seem to have positive "mutualistic" responses to their new environment.



The ISB was pictured on the cover of this fall's issue of Educational Procurement Journal, the publica-tion of the National Association of Educational Procurement.

The 150,000-square-foot facility, expected to be Drexel's first LEED-certified building, has an array of green features. The mutualistic symbiotic relationship, in which both individuals benefit, is echoed in the towering
75-foot-high, 22-foot-wide biowall, whose plants house microbes that assist in a filtering process to remove carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds from the air while naturally cooling it during the summer months and acting as a humidifier in the winter. The biowall in essence saves energy by dispersing clean, conditioned air through the building while requiring less outdoor air, which must be heated or cooled to match internal conditions. Faculty and staff researchers will study how the wall might exhibit its health benefits.

Below the majestic biowall, the atrium is the building's hotspot. There are always faculty and students convening and discussing the latest advances in science, all in the presence of natural light from the glass ceiling. "It is refreshing now to be able to study in a building that reflects the 'go green' attitude Drexel is trying to convey," says Diana Kuritza, a junior biology major. "We can directly apply what we are learning in class to our surroundings without hesitation. Drexel has really outdone itself."

- Toutia Daryoush, Undergraduate Student in Environmental Science, College of Arts and Sciences

Be a Good Neighbor: University City Community Clean-up

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Friends and neighbors will join together for a late fall community clean-up in University City on Saturday, December 3, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and we're asking Drexel students and employees to get involved.

University City District is sponsoring this neighborhood-wide event, which will feature special cleaning and greening projects as well as a general block-by-block clean-up. Members of the Drexel community are encouraged to volunteer for the special projects, or just step outside your door and join your neighbors in making University City the most beautiful neighborhood in the city.

Help us show that Drexel's commitment to community engagement begins with clean streets. Click here to volunteer.

- Mark Eggerts

Drexel Blazes Sustainable Trail with PA Treasury

Pennsylvania State Treasurer Rob McCord visited Drexel in October to announce that the University would be the first participant in the Commonwealth's Campus Energy Efficiency Fund. Developed by the Treasury and Philadelphia-based Blue Hill Partners, the innovative program will provide private and state funding for energy efficiency projects at Pennsylvania colleges and universities.

Up to $45 million in investment across the state is expected to lead in the long term to 700-plus new jobs, $150 million in savings on utility costs and a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 1.4 million tons.

Drexel will work with a project engineering team from Transcend Equity Development Corporation to make improvements in six buildings. These projects are expected to reduce Drexel's energy consumption by 7 percent and save between $500,000 and $600,000 per year.

Read the story on DrexelNOW for more information on Drexel's participation in the Campus Energy Efficiency Fund.

UC Green Turns to Drexel for Leadership


Rita LaRue Gollotti, senior associate vice president for Drexel Business Services, has been named chair of UC Green, an organization dedicated to improving our neighborhoods in University City. Through partnerships and education, UC Green empowers volunteer-based environmental stewardship. Since 2003, UC Green has planted more than 3,800 new street trees in University City, including on streets and triangles in Powelton Village, and has engaged 11,000 volunteers in more than 34,000 hours of community service.

- Niki A. Ververelli, Coordinator, Special Projects, Drexel Business Services

New Facebook and Twitter Pages Are Here


This fall Drexel Green went social. Please take a minute to "like" and "follow" us to keep informed of events and the latest information.

Cooking Locally and Sustainably: Acorn Cookies


Fall is a great time to practice sustainable cooking and baking. This recipe for acorn cookies, graciously provided by Dr. Daniel Duran, assistant teaching professor in the Department of Biology, is just one example of how to use the wild edible plants found in abundance in the region. Oaks dominate the forests and suburbs of our area and produce untold volumes of acorns. White oak (Quercus alba) and chestnut oak (Quercus muehlenbergii) are both found locally and produce the best acorns for eating, thanks to their lower content of bitter tannins.

Preparing acorn grits: Collect acorns and shell them. You'll need at least 3-4 cups of whole unshelled acorns in order to make one cup of acorn grits. Remove the dark skin that surrounds the nuts. Coarsely grind the nuts in a food processor, adding a little water if necessary. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Add the chopped acorns to the pot and boil for 15 minutes. The water will turn a dark brown color (that's the tannins coming out). Continue boiling the acorn grits in repeated changes of water for about 2 hours or until the water no longer turns brown. Taste one or two grit pieces, and if they are no longer bitter to the taste, you've done it successfully. Drain the grits and dry. Store in the freezer if not using immediately.

Acorn cookies:

2 cups wheat flour
1 cup acorn grits
1 cup brown (or white) sugar
˝ cup butter or shortening
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice (optional)

In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt and spice. In a large bowl cream the butter, sugar and vanilla extract. Blend in the dry ingredients gradually. Lastly, blend in the acorn grits. Take tablespoon-sized balls of the dough and drop onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350°F until they reach a light golden brown color. Enjoy!

- Toutia Daryoush

It's Always the Right Time to Take the Green Pledge

If you haven't already, you can demonstrate your commitment to green practices and environmental responsibility, on campus and at home, by signing the University's Environmental Responsibility Pledge. Visit the Go Green! Pledge Form.

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
Lisa Unruh, Assistant Director of Operations, LeBow College of Business Communications

Visit the Drexel Green website for more information on how to get involved.

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