The Power Down Challenge

The Power Down Challenge encourages members of the Penn community to reduce their energy consumption and further educate themselves on current energy issues.  It is structured around a series of educational events and programs that focus on issues of energy consumption, reduction, and innovation, running through out the month of February. The Power Down Challenge allows Penn to engage in discussions and activities that encourage them to think about the implications of energy consumption on our community and environment. The goal of the challenge is to bring the Penn community together to strengthen our conservation efforts, and will culminate in a collaborative campus-wide Energy Reduction Challenge on February 24th, 2016.

The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy is partnering with other sustainability initiatives at Penn to support the Power Down Challenge and to educate the Penn community about the need to understand and moderate energy consumption. The Kleinman Center provides a space for students and faculty to discuss projects and ideas related to the field of energy policy.

As part of Power Down, on February 1st, the Kleinman Center hosted a lecture by Professor Christian Gollier, the Director of the School of Economics at the University of Toulouse, followed by a moderated discussion on creating a global system for carbon pricing. On February 19th, the Kleinman Center will be hosting an event with Wharton's Real Estate Department and the Penn Institute for Urban Research todiscuss the affect that urban planning has on energy consumption and transportation.

Read Green Campus Partnership's interview with Kleinman Center's Deputy Director, Cory Colijin.

How can you participate? Community members are encouraged to attend the Power Down happenings, donate to the Power Down grant, read the Power Down Tips, and raise awareness with the marketing materials provided. Any questions should be directed to

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