Power Down Challenge 2017

As part of the 2017 Power Down Challenge, SAS Sustainability hosted a series of brown bag luncheons across campus during the Energy Reduction Challenge. The purpose of these luncheons was to encourage the Penn community to come together to reduce their energy consumption while raising awareness about the campaign. At each of the luncheons, speakers gave a brief talk on a wide range of energy related topics, including the following:


Hayden Hall Room 358 Speaker: Dan Garofalo,Penn Environmental Sustainability Director, Office of the University Architect

Topic: Penn's Century Bond Program


McNeil Building Atrium, 2nd Floor Speaker: Students from the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER)

Topic: VIPER Student Research Project


Lynch Laboratories, Room 318 Speaker: Samara Gray, Greenhouse Coordinator, Biology Department

Topic: Creating Energy Savings at the Biology Complex Greenhouse


The 2017 Power Down Energy Reduction Challenge resulting in a campus-wide energy use reduction of 11.4% or 282,350 kilowatt hours. This is equivalent to 198 metric tons of CO2 emissions, taking 42 cars off the road, or planting 5,143 trees! This was the lowest usage of any day, including weekends, throughout the entire month.