Articles by William Kuster
Penn Sustainability highlights environmental initiatives on campus during Earth Week eventsEarth Week was held from April 18 to April 22.
Demanding divestment, Fossil Free Penn is camping out on College GreenFFP's demands include Penn's public condemnation of the fossil fuel industry, defunding the University's Police Department, and banning oil and gas companies from job recruitment programming.
Environmental student group shifts focus to climate education after Penn’s ‘partial divestment'Student Sustainability Association at Penn hopes that by shifting the focus of their work, they will be able to bring more students into the fight against climate change.
Climate scientist Michael Mann to join Penn faculty, lead new center for climate mediaMann is the first appointment made for Penn’s Energy and Sustainability Initiative, which will provide resources to 10 faculty members working in key climate areas.
Amy Gutmann: A look back at her 18-year presidencyEighteen years after Gutmann’s inauguration, The Daily Pennsylvanian sat down to speak with 29 former and current leaders of the Penn community — including Gutmann herself — to chronicle the former president’s legacy through the lens of her original aspirations.
Penn Student Government seeks to work with incoming University president, expand club resourcesPSG leaders said that they will be expanding on some of the group's prior initiatives and also working to establish a relationship with incoming Penn President M. Elizabeth Magill, improve COVID-19 accommodations, and expand club opportunities.
Penn Rhodes Scholarship recipient files lawsuit against University following investigationThe investigation led to extensive national media coverage and strong reactions from the University community, drawing attention to what it means to qualify as a first-generation, low-income student in higher education.
Penn community critiques University climate action for stopping short of divestmentPenn's climate-related initiatives ranged from its commitment to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 to its second annual Climate Week, and most recently, its decision to halt new investments in fossil fuels.
Penn’s latest climate plan report includes drop in campus emissions, more academic initiativesThis year’s report, released on Nov. 8, tracks progress made during the 2021 fiscal year towards the goals set in the University's third Climate Action Plan, which was released in 2019.
Student groups criticize Penn for stopping short of divestment in latest climate policy updatePenn administrators announced late last week that the University will halt commitments to private equity vehicles dedicated to investments in fossil fuel production.
Penn faculty call for bolder University climate action and fossil fuel divestmentA Faculty Senate committee, which has an advisory role for Penn administration, released a resolution in an effort to raise more awareness to climate-related issues among faculty and University departments.
Championing intersectionality, environmental groups lead Penn’s second annual Climate WeekSustainability Director Nina Morris said a significant part of Climate Week programming was virtual to ensure that it reached beyond the University, and created a ripple effect throughout the Philadelphia community and in higher education as a whole.
‘Warming is human activity’: Penn experts urge climate action on campus and beyondPenn experts on climate action, some of whom contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, are emphasizing the urgency of climate action and reaching net-zero carbon emissions.
Penn professors largely optimistic Gutmann can rebuild relations as U.S. ambassador to GermanySome Penn professors hope Gutmann can repair U.S.-Germany relations as Germany will be going through a transition period after their federal election next month.
Penn Climate Ventures holds inaugural environmental tech startup competitionThe event was part of Penn Climate Venture's mission to encourage climate careers by extending climate programming to students through opportunities working in energy and entrepreneurship, and to improve campus sustainability.
Art history professor Julie Nelson Davis awarded 2021 Guggenheim fellowshipDavis is among 184 artists, writers, scholars, and scientists to receive the fellowship this year, out of a pool of nearly 3,000 applicants from the United States and Canada.
Over 800 faculty, students participate in challenge to spend 30 minutes outside for 30 daysIn response to the pandemic, this year's challenge features recommendations for activities that can be performed socially distanced in nature.
Penn students among the 25,000 vaccinated through the Black Doctors COVID-19 ConsortiumThe Consortium offers free COVID-19 vaccines to Philadelphians who are eligible under Phase 1B of vaccine distribution and live in the hardest-hit zip codes.
Mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic gives doses to 4,000 Philadelphians from hardest-hit areasThe clinic was open to people in phase 1b of vaccine distribution who live in zip codes the organization identified as "hardest hit" by COVID-19, including zip code 19104 where Penn is located.