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A Penn alumnus pushes the water industry toward stronger sustainability

“I learned in Penn’s Master of Environmental Studies program (MES) that three to four percent of the total energy consumption in the US is used for drinking water and wastewater. It represents a tremendous opportunity for the water industry to step up for sustainability,” shares John Eppensteiner (MES ’15), an environmental auditor for American Water, the largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company in the US.

“One of the most important things I’ve learned in my Penn experience is to look at situations through a different set of lenses,” noted US Army veteran and Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics student Aronda Smith-Benson (‘19—expected). Aronda was the guest of honor and keynote speaker at Penn’s Veterans Day Flag Raising Ceremony on Friday, November 10, 2017.

Members of the Post-Baccalaureate Studies team will discuss the opportunities that await you in this unique program, designed to help you accomplish your individual goals. We’ll describe our personalized advising approach, tell you more about the variety of Post-Baccalaureate Studies networking and social events, and illuminate the many academic resources and opportunities you’ll access at Penn. We’ll also take time toward the end of the session to respond to your questions.

Join the Pre-Health Post-Baccalaureate Programs team for a virtual information session on Tuesday, February 20th from 5 – 6 p.m. Pre-Health Programs Director Jackie McLaughlin and current students provide an overview of the Pre-Health Core Studies and Specialized Studies experience and the application process. Get your questions answered and learn how Penn’s Pre-Health Programs prepare you for a career in the medical, dental, veterinary and nursing professions.

We invite you to join the Master of Science in Applied Geosciences program team for a virtual information session on Thursday, February 15th from 12 – 1 p.m. Learn more about our flexible schedules for working professionals, research opportunities and the application process.

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We invite you to join the Master of Environmental Studies program team for a virtual information session on Thursday, February 8th from 12 – 1 p.m. Learn more about our flexible courses, research opportunities and the application process.

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Meet with Organizational Dynamics faculty, students, fellow applicants and alumni to learn about courses, schedules for working professionals and the application process. Join us and get your questions answered about our Master of Science and Master of Philosophy degrees, concentrations and the non-degree Dynamics Learning Exchange.

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Students from two courses in the Master of Environmental Studies program spent a day in Washington, D.C., meeting with leaders in the water sector. Throughout the visit, students were introduced to experts at the World Resources Institute, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the US Environmental Protection Agency and the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group. Their experiences shed light on the work that goes into making and enforcing environmental policies and financing development projects.

With their new Behavior Change for Good Initiative, which launched in fall 2017, Dr. Angela Duckworth of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program and Dr. Katherine L. Milkman of the Wharton School have an ambitious goal: To understand and improve behavior change across a lifespan. Their method works across many domains using strategies grounded in psychology and behavioral economics. “Rather than telling people, ‘do this,’ the tool [we are developing] gives them a menu and has them essentially choose their own treatment,” Dr. Duckworth shares.

“I learned in Penn’s Master of Environmental Studies program (MES) that three to four percent of the total energy consumption in the US is used for drinking water and wastewater. It represents a tremendous opportunity for the water industry to step up for sustainability,” shares John Eppensteiner (MES ’15), an environmental auditor for American Water, the largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company in the US.

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