University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Power Down Garden Party

By: Bea Jarocha-Ernst

The Museum’s Development Office is happy to have a Penn student, Jessica Bell, as our intern this summer.  We hope to show her the full gamut of what development does and one of those things is special events.  Her first project on her first day was to label and help stuff all of those buckets that we gave away at the Power Down Garden Party yesterday.  We live an exciting life in the development hallway!

Throughout the summer, Jessica will be guest blogging about what’s going on at the Museum from her very unique student perspective.  Welcome Jessica’s first post!


Yesterday afternoon, the University held a campus-wide “Power Down Challenge.” In a recent effort to work with PJM, the regional electric operator, to decrease energy consumption, Penn pledged to reduce its electricity use by three megawatts during the hour-long challenge. To support the cause, the Museum planned a “Power Down Garden Party” from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Warden Garden. All Penn staff members as well as the public were encouraged to turn off the electricity in their offices and come outside to enjoy free lemonade, Tastykakes, music, and games. In true eco-friendly fashion we also gave away recycled beach pails and shovels, filled with information about upcoming Museum events. The garden party event was a success, with almost 150 people stopping by to enjoy the beautiful weather.

The University succeeded in reducing electricity use during the Power Down challenge by 11.6 megawatt hours, well above its pledge of three megawatts. That reduction is equivalent to the hourly electricity use of 9,000 households! Hopefully the Power Down Party not only saved energy for one hour but reminded everyone how important it is to incorporate energy conservation practices into their daily routines.

Check out more information about Penn’s Power Down Challenge at

View more photos from the Museum’s Power Down Garden Party at

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