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Climate Week + ReThink Your Footprint

September 9, 2020
Professor and two students speaking

Climate Week is a University-wide, week-long event happening Sept. 21 - 25. Climate Week will feature a number of events organized by various schools and centers at Penn, all related to sustainability and climate. Visit the Climate Week website to check out the wide range of webinars, workshops, teach-ins, showcases, readings, climate storytelling, and a new set of 1.5* Minute Climate Lectures.

This year’s ReThink Your Footprint campaign will align with Climate Week and will broadly encourage members of the Penn community to consider their environmental footprints and take action to reduce them. 

Engage Through Our Interactive Social Media Campaign 

During ReThink, we encourage the Penn community to take action to reduce their environmental footprint and engage with local organizations. Each day of the week, Penn Sustainability will highlight a different footprint (travel, shopping, etc.). Make sure you follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and look for the posts where we ask YOU to tag organizations in your area! We will be keeping track of who participates, and one lucky social media participant will win a Penn Sustainability swag basket! 


Self-Report Recycling and Donations 

Since we cannot hold recycling and donation collection events on campus due to COVID-19, we are asking for students, staff, and faculty to self-report any specialty items that they recycle or donate during the week that are not recyclable via single-stream recycling. Items include clothing, shoes, writing utensils, printer cartridges, electronic waste, light bulbs, batteries, books, and much more. Philadelphia residents can schedule doorstep pick-up of electronics and clothing through Retrievr

Whatever you donate or recycle, please report it using our Qualtrics survey. We will be keeping track of who participates, and one lucky participant will win a Penn Sustainability swag basket! 

Share a Story

Do you have a sustainability story to share with the campus? Want to hear more about a specific topic or project?
Send us an email and we'll consider the content for inclusion on the website or in a future e-newsletter.