Penn Athletics Eco-Reps Holds Launch Event

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On Tuesday night, over 100 Penn student-athletes joined with representatives from Wharton's Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, Penn State, Temple, Swarthmore, Lincoln Financial Field and The Ivy League to launch Penn Athletics' Eco-Reps program.

Coordinated by Dan Schupsky, assistant swimming and diving coach and Aquatics Coordinator for Penn Recreation, the event featured a keynote address from Alice Henly, the coordinator of collegiate sports for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in Houston Hall to promote increased environmental awareness across all spectrums of the Penn Athletics community.

"We couldn't have asked for a better startup," Schupsky told The Daily Pennsylvanian after the event. "In the fall we got to know each other. We discussed how we can inject ourselves into athletics and what needed to be changed."

Following the keynote address from Henly which touched on the NRDC's increased efforts at both the collegiate and professional level by highlighting the numerous initiatives undertaken by pro and college organizations to green their facilities and operations and outlining the savings - both environmental and financial - which resulted, a Q&A session was held with Schupsky, Henly and Penn gymnast Sara Allen.

Allen is one of the many Penn student-athletes who have gotten involved in the Eco-Reps program, and she detailed the upcoming projects the group will participate in which include recycling bins in all athletics locker rooms, adding more LED lights inside athletics facilities as well as continuing current initiatives like the shoe recycling program and zero-waste athletics events.