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February 17, 2009, Volume 55, No. 22


The RecycleMania competition among all Penn schools, centers, offices and College Houses is underway! Penn’s Green Campus Partnership needs you to play your part in helping us meet our goals and rank better than our peers. Over 500 colleges and universities across the nation compete to see who can recycle the most and create the least waste. Join the Penn community in focusing on recycling as much as possible and reducing the waste we generate. Penn has set a goal of 30% recycling during RecycleMania, an increase over last year’s 20% level. Your efforts will help bring attention to the importance of recycling. Data from the third week of activity registers as follows:

Per Capita Classic: Schools compete to see which can collect the largest amount of acceptable recyclables per person—Penn collected 1.31 lbs. per person.

Waste Minimization: Schools compete to see which produces the least amount of municipal solid waste (including both recyclables and trash) per person—Penn produced 6.090 lbs. of waste per person—much less than this time last year!

Grand Champion: Recognizes the school that, based on their combined results, demonstrates the greatest achievement in both source reduction and recycling—Penn is at 21.58% total trash that is recycled—again up from this time last year.

Gorilla Prize: Honors the school that recycles the highest gross tonnage of materials regardless of campus population—Penn recycled 53,540 lbs.

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.

Green Campus Partnership Film Series presents The Planet Earth ‘Living Together’ episode, Thursday, February 19, at the Penn Bookstore. Planet Earth: The Future is a series of three films that highlight the conservation issues surrounding some of the featured species and environments. ‘Living Together’ is a 60-minute film which begins by looking at previous efforts and then discusses the prospect of future efforts. Is future development sustainable, and can people and wildlife co-exist? This is a show you don’t want to miss!

—RecycleMania Planning Committee


Almanac - February 17, 2009, Volume 55, No. 22