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February 3, 2009, Volume 55, No. 20


RecycleMania at Penn is underway, and while we registered nearly 20 percent recycling of our waste in 2008, we are striving to increase that to 30 percent in 2009. However, we will only be successful with your help. Penn’s Green Campus Partnership, our team of faculty, students, and staff focused on sustainable initiatives, is conducting this competition among all Penn schools, centers, offices and College Houses and is asking for you to play your part in helping us meet our goals. Data from the first week of activity is now in, with a ranking system among our peers to be coming in future weeks.  

Per Capita Classic: Schools compete to see which can collect the largest amount of acceptable recyclables per person—Penn collected 1.3 lbs. per person.

Gorilla Prize: Honors the school that recycles the highest gross tonnage of materials regardless of campus population—Penn recycled 52,840 lbs.

Waste Minimization: Schools compete to see which produces the least amount of municipal solid waste (including both recyclables and trash) per person—Penn produced 6.28 lbs. of waste per person. 

Grand Champion: Recognizes the school that, based on their combined results, demonstrates the greatest achievement in both source reduction and recycling—Penn is at 20.64 percent total trash that is recycled.

For more up-to-date information about the competition, campus events, green tips and frequently asked questions, visit Penn’s RecycleMania website: www.upenn.edu/recyclemania. If you have specific questions about how your school, center, college house, or department recycles, send them to recyclemania@pobox.upenn.edu.

We can work together to do even better! Everyone has a role to play to achieve our goals for a more sustainable Penn environment. Stop. Think. Recycle.

—RecycleMania Planning Committee




Almanac - February 3, 2009, Volume 55, No. 20