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reduce, reuse, recycle - ReThink Your Footprint 2016

January 3, 2017
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The Penn Community continued to reduce, reuse, recycle in this year’s ReThink Your Footprint awareness campaign. During this two-week period, Nov 1-11, an assortment of initiatives, events, and presentations took place to raise awareness about source reduction, reuse, and recycling.

ReThink by the Numbers…


pounds or 5 tons
E-waste collections at seven different locations, including the New Bolton Center in Chester County, gathered more than five tons of unwanted electronic products: computers, office electronic equipment, entertainment device electronics, mobile phones, monitors, etc.

items of clothing

Penn’s first Pop-Up Swap Shop clothing exchange was held on Nov. 11 in Houston Hall. The Swap was designed to emphasize the reuse of material goods and to provide students an opportunity to think about the impacts of their consumer habits.  More than 260 items of clothing were brought to the Swap, with only 24 pieces leftover afterwards (and donated to Goodwill).


The Solid Waste Working Group presented to Building Administrators and Senior Housekeeping Management on recent updates to solid waste management on campus and how to get involved with the Working Group’s current efforts.  Thirty-four staff from Housekeeping and FRES Operations & Maintenance attended the session organized by Sara King of SAS Facilities Planning and Operations and Craig Roncace of FRES Urban Parks.

School-Wide Recycling and Sustainability Fairs

The Schools of Engineering & Applied Sciences, Nursing, Medicine, and Arts & Sciences held fairs to educate their communities about recycling, green purchasing, energy conservation, and waste reduction.  Thanks to the Green Teams in these schools for organizing these events, which also featured donation sites for eyeglasses (for VPS Global), shoes (for Community Recycling), and towels & linens (for the SPCA).

film screenings

The documentary “Trashed” was viewed by groups in Houston Hall and at New Bolton Center. Watch the preview here:

New Recycling Center

A new Med School facility was opened in the Anatomy Chemistry Building 


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