Shoemaker Green

News

ReThink Asks Penn to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

December 2, 2014
ReThink Your Footprint campaign logo

Anxious to get started “being green” after hearing about the launch of Penn’s Climate Action Plan 2.0? Then this fall’s ReThink Your Footprint campaign was the perfect way to begin.

The goal of the annual ReThink Your Footprint campaign is to raise the level of conversation about waste management beyond recycling and engage the campus in a broader discussion of source reduction and reuse. As a University, Penn has already made great strides in reducing overall waste and managing its trash, and this year we continue to build upon this work.

The ReThink campaign asks all of us to take a second look at the products we use and what we throw away. Held November 1 through 21, ReThink started off with a zero-waste QuakerFest picnic, held during Homecoming Weekend. Ninety percent of the waste from this event was diverted from landfill.

Three separate e-waste collections across campus afforded students, staff, and faculty a secure way to safely dispose of computers, printers, phones, and various cables and accessories. Materials collected at the School of Medicine, Engineering, Arts & Sciences, and the Facilities office (3101 Walnut Street) were taken by a local, state-certified e-waste recycler, ensuring that valuable materials would be extracted and recycled in an environmentally safe manner.

Read more stories from 2014 ReThink Your Footprint.

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.