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Penn Green Fund: Seeking Grant Applications from Students, Faculty and Staff for Innovative Sustainability Projects: October 31
October 6, 2009, Volume 56, No. 06

The University of Pennsylvania announced today the formation of a Green Fund, an internal grant-making entity to seed new project ideas from faculty, students and staff that support the goals and objectives of Penn’s Climate Action Plan.  The Climate Action Plan is a long-range strategy to reduce the University’s carbon footprint and enhance its overall sustainability.

The new Green Fund will award one-time grants of up to $50,000 on a competitive basis to applicants whose ideas are designed to improve Penn’s environmental performance and reduce carbon emissions.

 “The Green Fund is designed to engage and inspire the whole Penn community in generating ideas,” said Anne Papageorge, vice president of the Division of Facilities and Real Estate Services, which along with the Office of the Provost, oversees the fund.  “We are eager to sponsor intelligent and creative initiatives that support reducing our carbon footprint.”

A selection committee of faculty, students and staff will determine the awardees, with the primary criteria that projects show demonstrable return on investment.

The deadline for all applications for Green Fund grants is October 31 with awards being announced in December. More information and application forms are available at www.upenn.edu/sustainability/greenfund.html.  

Almanac - October 6, 2009, Volume 56, No. 06