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March 18, 2008, Volume 54, No. 25


Penn: Keeping up in the Ranks!

Data from the fifth week of RecycleMania is now in and Penn keeps moving!

Per Capita Classic: Schools compete to see which can collect the largest amount of acceptable recyclables per person—Penn collected 6.85 lbs. per person and ranks 89th out of 154 schools—a ranking increase from last week’s 97th out of 167, with 11 less schools reporting this week.

Gorilla Prize: Honors the school that recycles the highest gross tonnage of materials regardless of campus population—Penn recycled 278,195 lbs. and ranks 17th out of 172 schools. Fewer schools reported this week (last week: 188 schools), but we continue to maintain a pretty solid overall ranking.

Waste Minimization: Schools compete to see which produces the least amount of municipal solid waste (including both recyclables and trash) per person—Penn is ranked 42nd out of 82 (ahead of all the other Ivies competing in this category for the 5th week)!

Grand Champion: Recognizes the school that, based on their combined results, demonstrates the greatest achievement in both source reduction and recycling—Penn’s 16.72 percent total shows a slight change from last week (65th out of 85) to (57th out of 79), with six less schools reporting this week.

Note: Due to schools on spring break, participation and reporting may vary.

Support Our Events: Save the Date!

Annual Supplier Show—Wednesday, March 26 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Houston Hall, Hall of Flags. This year’s theme: Green Campus Partnership, suppliers are encouraged to focus on their sustainable product offerings. Come to the Show, Take the Pledge, Win the Raffle for an HP1 PDA!

Ongoing events

Free Coffee Fridays! Bring your own reusable mug to Houston Market and Einstein Bros. Bagels!

And we can do even better!

Let’s keep building on our success! Penn’s RecycleMania website (www.upenn.edu/recyclemania) has lots of tips! If you have specific questions about how your school, center, college house or department recycles send them to recyclemania@pobox.upenn.edu.

When we stop to think about the environment, everyone wins so remember: Stop! Think! Recycle!

—RecycleMania Planning Committee



Almanac - March 18, 2008, Volume 54, No. 25