ReThink Your Footprint 2018 Recap
The Penn Community continued to reduce, reuse, and recycle in this year’s ReThink Your Footprint awareness campaign. From Oct. 15-19, a variety of initiatives and events raised awareness about source reduction, elimination of single-use products, the impacts of landfill waste, and strategies to reduce consumption.
ReThink 2018 by the Numbers
15,551 pounds or over 7 tons
E-waste collections at six different locations gathered over seven tons of electronic products: computers, electronic office equipment, mobile phones, and more. Congratulations to participating Schools!
SAS – 410 pounds
Law – 308 pounds
Nursing – 920 pounds
PSOM – 11,342 pounds
SEAS – 259 pounds
Dental – 2,312 pounds
400 plastic bags
On Oct. 15, the Recycling Hub on College Green featured a “Plastic Bag Takeback,” which collected over 400 plastic grocery bags to be recycled by TerraCycle.
100 items of clothing
Penn’s third Pop-Up Clothing Swap, organized by the Sustainability Office and allied student groups, took place on Oct. 17 at Penn Closet, a student-run thrift store in Williams Hall. The Swap emphasized reusing material goods and provided participants with an opportunity to exchange their clothing and accessories for “new to you” items. Over 100 items of clothing were brought to the Swap.
58 pounds of blankets and linens
The School of Arts and Sciences collected 58 pounds of blankets and linens to donate to the Pennsylvania SPCA.
Three school-wide recycling and sustainability fairs
The Schools of Engineering & Applied Sciences, Nursing, and Arts & Sciences held fairs to educate their communities about recycling, green purchasing, waste reduction, and other important aspects of sustainability. 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 local animal shelters.
100 sweat towels and 168 reusable water bottles
At Pottruck Health & Fitness Center, Penn Sustainability and Penn Recreation partnered to educate the Penn fitness community about avoiding single-use products. Gym patrons carrying disposable, single-use water bottles were offered an opportunity to upgrade to reusable metal water bottles. Gym-goers who were already carrying reusable water bottles were rewarded with a new cloth sweat towel, to cut down on paper towel waste and remind them to continue to reduce their waste in their daily routine.