Drexel Green

A Commitment Towards a More Sustainable Community

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News & Interests 2009 Archive

Formula Hybrid Team

Formula Hybrid Team Places Third in International Competition
November 7, 2009

Drexel University’s College of Engineering Formula Hybrid team competed in Rome, Italy October 7-9, 2009 to win the third place title at the Formula Electric and Hybrid Race. Despite the car being held in transit for two extra days and missing the first round of events, the team managed to place first for design presentation, second for acceleration races and third for performance. The Drexel team was the first United States team to compete in the Italy Formula Electric and Hybrid Competition with 15 other teams from around the world.

SEI Report Card

Drexel Awarded an "A" in Student Involvement for College Sustainability on SEI Report Card
October 7, 2009

Drexel University made a substantial leap in its environmental sustainability rankings for Student Involvement by the Sustainable Endowments Institute. SEI annually reviews campus and endowment policies at more than 300 leading institutions of higher education across the county. Last year, Drexel committed to improving its "Student Involvement" ranking from "C" to "A", and the University was able to achieve this goal due to the student-lead grassroots effort that evolved into Drexel Green, the University’s commitment to becoming a more sustainable community. Drexel made gains in three additional areas: Transportation (from "B" to "A"), Green Buildings (from "C" to "B"), and in Administration (also from "C" to "B").

Sierra Student Coalition

Drexel Named "Cool School" by Sierra Magazine
September 21, 2009

Sierra magazine, the publication of the Sierra Club, selected Drexel as one of America's "Cool Schools." Drexel was 82nd out of 135 institutions on the publication's third annual poll of "eco-enlightened" colleges and universities.

To compile the list, Sierra sent questionnaires to sustainability experts at schools across the country. The survey featured categories such as efficiency, energy, food, academics, purchasing, transportation, waste management and administration.


Drexel Student Sustainability Committee Seeks Members
July 27, 2009

The Drexel Student Sustainability Committee (DSSC) is currently seeking members who care about bettering the environment and the University to serve on a committee in the Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA).

The DSSC is a subset of the USGA and Drexel Green program, which will focus on achieving goals to reduce energy waste and pollution on campus. The committee provides an opportunity for finding new networks with students while helping the Earth and making Drexel a greener University.

Those interested in helping, holding a seat on the committee or brainstorming with the USGA for ways to reduce Drexel's global footprint should email Taylor Stayton.

Smart House

Drexel Smart House Releases Six Month Report (January-June 2009)
July 2, 2009

Visit the Smart House site to read the online report. Drexel Smart House is a student-led, multidisciplinary project to construct an urban home to serve as a “living laboratory” for exploring cutting edge design and technology. Participants will conduct research and develop designs in the areas of environment, energy, interaction, health, and lifestyle with the ultimate goal of improving quality of life in the urban residential setting.

CPM Magazine

Drexel Green featured in College Planning & Management Magazine
July 2, 2009

Drexel University’s commitment to environmental sustainability through the Drexel Green initiative was featured in the June issue of College Planning & Management magazine. The monthly publication has a print circulation of 30,045.

Hybrid Team

Drexel Formula Hybrid SAE Club Places Third Overall in Competition
May 18, 2009

The Drexel Formula Hybrid team competed at the New Hampshire Speedway in the 3rd Annual International Formula Hybrid Competition. Drexel placed first for series drive train configuration hybrids and placed third overall.

Twenty-nine teams from the U.S., Canada, Russia and India competed in the three-day event sponsored by SAE and IEEE to push the limits of hybrid powered race cars in acceleration, autocross and endurance events. In the five months prior to the competition, the Drexel Formula Hybrid team designed and built an entire series hybrid drivetrain, electrical system, suspension and chassis from the ground up, starting only with a bare front half of a frame.

In the static events, Drexel placed sixth in the design competition and seventh in the marketing presentation. In the dynamic events, Drexel took sixth for acceleration, third for autocross and second for endurance, each of which was progressively worth more points in the competition.

Pictured left-to-right: front row sitting on the tires: Matt Sera (Mechanical Captain), Josh Verdieck (Electrical Captain); back row standing: Matt Janisch, Matt Schoman, Jon Mahler, Arnold DiBlasi, Jason Futcher, Rob Smith, Kevin Scoles, PhD, (Faculty Advisor), Joe Kain.

For more information on joining or helping to further support the Drexel Formula Hybrid Club, contact drexelhsae@gmail.com.

Water Tasting Challenge

Water Tasting Challenge
May 1, 2009

As part of its celebration of Earth Week (April 20-26), the Drexel Sustainability Council held a “Water Tasting Challenge” to see if people could tell the difference between Philadelphia tap water and bottled water. Water Tasting Challenge tables were setup at Hagerty Library, Creese Student Center and New College Building. 221 students, faculty and staff took the taste test and voted their preference. The result: They couldn’t tell any difference! Out of the 221 votes, 109 (49.3%) chose Philadelphia tap water, and 112 (50.7%) chose the bottled. So the next time you are thinking about paying $1.25 or more to buy water in a bottle that has a high chance of sitting in a landfill for 450 years before it decomposes, think again, and make the green choice: fill your cup/reusable container from a fountain!


Drexel University Releases Greenhouse Gas Inventory
May 1, 2009

Drexel University received its first inventory of greenhouse gas emissions performed by by Pennoni Associates which was selected after a public RFP on the basis of the firm's expertise and extensive credentials in sustainability matters dating back to the mid-1960s. The inventory was produced in accordance with the protocol defined by the Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard developed by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative. Often referred to as an institution’s “Carbon Footprint,” the purpose of the inventory is to benchmark the University’s greenhouse gas emissions, provide a consistent methodology for inventorying the emissions on a regular basis and understanding what steps will be necessary to reduce the institution’s carbon footprint. To read the full report, view the Greenhouse Gas Reduction page.

Materials Science and Engineering Seniors

Materials Science and Engineering Seniors Awarded “People, Prosperity, and the Planet Award” by the Environmental Protection Agency
April 21, 2009

Drexel University seniors Courtney Reid, Dan Pugh, Sarah Byrnes, Charlie Woods, and Eric Eisele, studying materials science and engineering, were awarded a $10,000 grant by the Environmental Protection Agency for their senior design project titled Cool Roof Coatings Utilizing Glass Hollow Microspheres for Improved Solar Reflectance. The study uses glass hollow microspheres to create elastomeric roof coatings capable of scattering and reflecting UV, Visible, and NIR radiation from the sun to reduce solar gain on the exterior of a building.

Preserve our Planet

Film Students Awarded $5,000 in "Preserve Our Planet" Initiative by The National Geographic Channel
April 10, 2009

Drexel student Bruce Pinchbeck, a senior film and video major in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, was awarded $5,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C. by the National Geographic Channel (NGC) for directing the short documentary film "Pedal Co-op" in November 2008. The film, a documentary about Philadelphia's green movement, had placed first in the NGC film and Public Service Announcement contest. The group of students who worked on "Pedal Co-op" included producer and editor, Bunker Seyfret, cameramen, Dylan Steinberg and Brian Hinsinger and Matt Sullivan on soundtrack. Senior Margaret Rudder, who worked as art director of the PSA entitled "The Way We Choose," was also recognized as a runner up for her 30-second PSA. Bunker Seyfert, a senior film and video major, worked as the producer and editor of "Pedal Co-op" and director of "The Way We Choose."

View the short film "Pedal Co-op" and the PSA “The Way We Choose” at the National Geographic Channel.


SEPTA ComPass Program available to Students, Faculty and Staff
April 6, 2009

ComPass is a SEPTA sponsored and Drexel University subsidized discount program that provides a 10% discount on monthly transpasses and trailpasses. SEPTA supplies a 5% discount and Drexel provides a 5% match, giving a 10% discount to encourage the use of public transportation.

Available to currently enrolled Drexel full-time students, and full-time and benefits-eligible part-time University faculty and staff.

Earth Week Logo Winner

Winner of Earth Week Logo Design Competition
April 1, 2009

Drexel Green congratulates Nathan Lee, a sophomore majoring in computer engineering, on winning the Earth Week Logo Design Competition!

Earth Month t-shirts with the winning design, “Seven Days One Earth,” will be distributed Wednesday, April 1, at 12 p.m. in the Daskalakis Athletic Center, Main Building, and Creese Student Center. Quantities are limited and will be distributed at first come first serve basis. Celebrate Earth Month by wearing a Earth Month t-shirt!

Farmer's Market

Drexel Green Farmer’s Market
March 31, 2009

Go Green, Go Local, with the new Drexel Green Farmer’s Market every Tuesday at 11a.m.-3p.m. in front of MacAlister Hall (33rd and Chestnut Streets). In partnership with Drexel Business Services, the Farmer’s Market will be open April 21-October 27, 2009. Fresh locally grown food from King’s Dutch Country Goods will include seasonal fruits and vegetables, canned and preserved fruits and vegetables, baked goods and yogurt.

Sierra Club

Drexel University is under consideration to be named a “Cool School” by the Sierra Club
March 20, 2009

The “Cool Schools” rankings of colleges and universities that take a proactive approach to environmental sustainability will be published in the October/September 2009 issue of SIERRA magazine.

Review Drexel’s responses to the survey sent to Drexel by Sierra magazine [PDF].

Green Globes

Drexel University First To Adopt Green Globes® Sustainability Monitoring System To All Capital Projects
February 16, 2009

Drexel has become the first university in the nation to implement policy requiring use of independent environmental monitoring software for all new construction projects.

John Chmiola

Super Capacitor Among Best NSF Stories
January 30, 2009

Dr. Selçuk Güçeri, dean of the College of Engineering, announced that the development of a super capacitor by Dr. Yury Gogotsi, professor of materials science and engineering and director of the Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, and his team, including John Chmiola (left), Ph.D. student, and Dr. Cristelle Portet, former post-doctoral researcher, was ranked second by the National Science Foundation among readers' most interesting topics of 2008. The super capacitor was prominently featured on Monday, January 26, 2009, by NSF in its January/February newsletter sent to broad audiences, including all members of Congress.

The research featured in the article “Supercapacitors: Key to a Green Energy Future?” was originally posted on the front page of the NSF Web site last June.

Super capacitors, most commonly found in backup power applications, are increasingly being used in personal electronic devices, mobile phones and hybrid electric/fuel cell vehicles for their improved power over batteries.

Development of the super capacitor will be a major contribution by the College of Engineering to addressing one of the most serious challenges our society is facing globally: energy. The extraordinary visibility Dr. Gogotsi and his research team received may help the NSF convince Congress to increase funding for energy and nanotechnology.

Philadelphia Sustainability Awards

Drexel Green Chosen as Finalists in the Philadelphia Sustainability Awards
January 27, 2009

Drexel Green was chosen to be one of twelve finalists in the 3rd Annual Philadelphia Sustainability Awards competition of The Pennsylvania Environmental Council in recognition for leading the way to a more sustainable future. The awards celebrate Greater Philadelphia's environmental innovation, economic development and vibrant communities. Nearly 70 sustainable projects, programs and organizations entered in the competition. Five winners will be announced at the Philadelphia Flower Show on March 2, 2009.