By Gary Thomas
Mark Group, a provider of energy saving solutions, and Penn Home Ownership Services (PHOS) at The University of Pennsylvania have teamed up to offer a program called ‘Penn sustainability @ home.’
This program will help university employees get access to free home energy evaluation, educational workshops focusing on home performance, and discounted rates for energy-efficient home improvements. The university’s Enhanced Forgivable Loan worth $7,500, offered to eligible Penn homeowners, can be used for home energy improvements.
The University of Pennsylvania is the first Ivy League university to ink the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment. It is committed to supporting sustainable programs and initiatives.
Penn sustainability @ home will help Penn employees save their monthly energy costs. Through this program, employees will save as high as $500 on solar upgrades and $300 on energy-efficiency home improvements. Three Penn employees received Home Energy Assessments from Mark Group and proceeded with the implementation of energy-saving measures.
Penn’s Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, Dan Garofalo observed a drastic improvement in the comfort of his home. Garofalo is excited about increasing his house value and being an eco-responsible homeowner.
Mark Group will educate Penn associates on home performance and the resulting impact of their efforts on environment through on-campus energy efficiency workshops. Marie Witt, who is the Vice President of the Division of Business Services that manages Penn Home Ownership Services, informed that the Penn community will support the Penn sustainability @ home program. The Penn community can save roughly $278,500 in energy costs if 500 Penn employees deployed basic insulation, air sealing, and energy-efficiency home improvements.