Sustainability News from the Drexel University Sustainability Council

A Note from the Chair
Wind and Solar Energy Purchase
Bicycling at Drexel

Coming Soon
Academy of Natural Sciences
New Hydration Stations

A Note from the Chair

The Sustainability Council is excited to share news on the latest green-themed programs and events at Drexel University. A few highlights are the return of RecycleMania (we're in it to win it!), the Campus Conservation Nationals competition and other events taking place during the Winter Quarter. If you are interested in getting more involved in Drexel’s sustainability efforts, please consider attending our Sustainability Council meetings (open to faculty, professional staff and students). All meetings are held from 12 to 1:30 pm in the Liberty View room, 6th Floor of MacAlister Hall. RSVP to kepharks@drexel.edu. Our Winter Quarter meetings will take place:

  • Wednesday, January 30
  • Wednesday, February 20
  • Tuesday, March 19

— Kyle Kephart

Drexel Expands Sustainability Leadership With Wind and Solar Energy Purchase

Drexel University is expanding its position as one of the nation’s leading higher-education purchasers of renewable energy through Community Energy. Drexel’s new commitment includes 96,582MWh of PRAXIS Green Power (a combination of renewable energy certificates and an online learning platform), as well as solar renewable energy from the Keystone solar project located in Lancaster, Pa. As part of this commitment to wind and solar, Drexel will receive unique access to “Building Keystone Solar,” a compilation of online learning modules that provide students and professors with behind-the-scenes education about the solar project development process, with in-depth access to videos, documents, designs and plans not otherwise available in the classroom. As Pennsylvania moves toward a clean energy future, sponsorship of the Keystone Solar Project highlights Drexel University’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

Bicycling at Drexel: The Definitive Guide

Did you know there are 950 bike racks scattered throughout Drexel’s University City Campus? On any given day, take a stroll through some of the campus’ most well-trafficked areas and you’ll see racks almost completely full. Many Drexel students and employees find bicycling to be a faster, cheaper, healthier and greener way to travel around campus and the city. They are not alone. The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia estimates that bicyclists travel 260,000 miles a day in Philadelphia on 75,000 bike trips (see the Coalition’s Fact Sheet [PDF] for more stats on Philly bicycling).

The City of Philadelphia has made it easier to commute by bicycle in recent years, adding or improving bike lanes along Chestnut and Walnut Streets in University City and Pine and Spruce Streets in Center City, and adding a new bike lane on 33rd Street in the heart of Drexel’s campus. The City Planning Commission approved a new Pedestrian and Bike Plan [PDF] in Spring 2012 that recommends many more improvements to Philadelphia’s walking and cycling networks. Making it easier and safer for residents to travel by foot and by bike has many benefits for the city and the planet, including a reduction in CO2 emissions from automobiles.

Drexel Green has put together this handy guide to traveling to, from and around campus by bicycle:

  • Bike Rack Locations: Download a University City Campus Map [PDF] showing where to safely park and lock your bike. The PDF also lists bike rack locations by building and number of bicycle parking spots.
  • Drexel Bike Share: Check out a bike for a few hours or a weekend free of charge! Now in its fourth year, the Drexel Bike Share program is open to all students and employees with a valid Drexel University ID and in good standing with the University. For more details, visit the Parking Services website or e-mail parking@drexel.edu.
  • Free Locker Room Use for Bike Commuters: Thanks to Drexel Athletics, employees who commute to work by bicycle can use locker room and shower facilities at the Daskalakis Athletic Center for free. Registered bike commuters can use designated "day lockers" in the DAC (commuters must provide their own locks and remove all belongings at the end of the day). To sign up, e-mail reccenter@Drexel.edu.
  • Register Your Bike With Public Safety: All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to register their bikes with Drexel Public Safety. This free program takes just a few minutes to complete and includes: documentation of bike description, serial number and owner information; engraving your bike with a registration number; a registration program sticker applied to your bike; and an information booklet. Bike registration can be completed at 3219 Arch Street, Drexel Police Headquarters. For more information, call 215-895-0430.
  • More Tips and Resources: The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia website has trail maps, safety tips and all the latest news on bicycling in the city.

Coming Soon: RecycleMania and Campus Conservation Nationals

It’s that time of year again. The official RecycleMania 2013 competition among colleges and universities will kick-off on Feb. 3 and extend eight weeks to March 30. Materials that count for the 2013 RecycleMania competition include: aluminum cans, cardboard, electronic equipment (including computers), glass bottles, paper and plastic bottles. See Drexel’s Recycling Guide [PDF] for information on how to recycle these and other items on campus.

During the RecycleMania competition period, Drexel Green will host special collection events on all three campuses. The University City Campus collection event has been scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 11 am to 2 pm in the Drexel Recreation Center Lobby at 33rd and Market Streets. Events at Queen Lane and Center City will be announced soon. Check the Drexel Green website for updates and more details on the competition.

In addition to RecycleMania, Drexel will once again be participating in the Campus Conservation Nationals, the largest nationwide electricity and water reduction competition on college and university campuses. From Feb. 4 through April 26, participating colleges and universities will compete to achieve the greatest possible energy and water reductions in residence halls. Each school selects a three-week period during the contest time period to track their results; Drexel will gather results during the time period of Feb. 25 through March 16.

What’s New at the Academy of Natural Sciences

The following events will be held during the Winter Term at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University at 19th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway. For more information on these and other events coming soon to the Academy, visit the Center for Environmental Policy’s website.

  • Learning from Sandy: Is Philadelphia prepared for the next natural disaster?
    Feb. 21, 2013; 6:30-8 pm
    The Center for Environmental Policy’s February Urban Sustainability Forum will consider how to make Philadelphia more resilient to storms, extreme weather and other expected impacts of climate change in the future. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested via naturaldisasterpreparedness.eventbrite.com.
  • Green City Clean Waters Presentation of Soak It Up competition, and Eric Sanderson on New York City’s Manhattan Project
    March 21, 2013; 6:30-8 pm
    An overview of the Philadelphia Water Department’s innovative national model for restoring watersheds as a way to reduce storm water runoff and lessen the need for water treatment, followed by Eric Sanderson’s overview of his detailed study of Manhattan’s ecological past, designed to envision climate-resistant planning for cities for the next 400 years. This Urban Sustainability Forum is free and open to the public.

New Hydration Stations

The number of Hydration Stations being installed on all three Drexel campuses continues to grow, with 33 Hydration Stations currently in use. These stations allow members of the Drexel community to refill water bottles with chilled, filter water, thereby reducing plastic water bottle waste. Drexel Green has created a map (PDF) of Hydration Station locations for easy reference. A current list of Hydration Station locations is posted on the Drexel Green website.

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.

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

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

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