The Penn Sustainability Office invites the Penn community to come together for its annual ReThink Your Footprint campaign to promote waste minimization efforts. ReThink Your Footprint raises awareness of already-established waste minimization programs and initiatives in this area, inspires students, staff and faculty to create new activities related to source reduction and recycling and encourages everyone to rethink their footprint.
This year’s campaign will take place October 15-19. Those interested in hosting their own ReThink event can apply for a ReThink grant ($200 for schools, centers and offices).
• Monday, October 15
11 a.m.-2 p.m., Recycling Hub: Drop off disposable grocery bags at the plastic bag take-back, grab a free recycling bin to use in your dorm, apartment or office and learn more about which materials can be recycled and composted at Penn; College Green.
• Tuesday, October 16
10 a.m.-1 p.m., SAS Zero Waste Day: Leave your waste behind and gain new knowledge on how to contribute to Philly’s zero waste goal. There will be collection drives for e-waste, eyeglasses, shoes, and towels and linens; PCPSE.
10:30 a.m., Nic Esposito from the City’s Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet will present on Philadelphia’s plan to be 90% zero-waste and litter free by 2035; PCPSE.
noon-1 p.m., ReThink Your Ecological Footprint: Meet at the Penn Garden behind Harrison College House to learn about efforts to grow a food forest on campus. Then walk to Kaskey Park to learn about the oldest green space on campus; Penn Garden and Biopond.
• Wednesday, October 17
11 a.m.-2 p.m., School of Nursing Recycling Fair: Stop by to recycle your e-waste, and donate your old nursing textbooks, used scrubs and towels and linens for the Morris Animal Refuge; Fagin Hall Lobby.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Clothing Swap at Penn Closet: Reduce landfill waste and encourage upcycling by taking part in a clothing swap at Penn Closet, a student-run thrift store. Clean out your closet and upgrade your wardrobe for free! If you are planning to take items, please bring at least one item to swap. Leftover items will be donated to Penn Closet; Williams Hall.
noon-1 p.m., Wharton Green Tracker Event: During the 2018 spring term, the Wharton Student Sustainability Advisory Board managed a pilot to engage Wharton students in sustainability initiatives on campus as well as encourage them to make greener lifestyle choices that collectively add up to a greater, positive impact. A recipient of a Penn Green Fund grant, the team worked with Philadelphia-based MilkCrate to create the Wharton Green Tracker app and engage students in activities, events and opportunities relative to Wharton’s sustainability initiatives. Join them as they review the potential benefits a digital tool such as this can provide organizations; rm. F70, Huntsman Hall.
noon-3 p.m., Perelman School of Medicine E-Waste Collection: Stop by to recycle “anything with a plug,” including keyboards, mice and charging cords, as well as phones, cameras and computer parts; Biomedical Research Building Lobby.
• Thursday, October 18
10 a.m.-2 p.m., SEAS Back to Basics Fair: featuring water tasting, e-waste sculpture, book and office supply swap, green office info table, waste/recycling contamination table; Levine Hall.
• Friday, October 19
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Dental E-Waste Collection: Recycle “anything with a plug,” including keyboards, mice, and charging cords, as well as phones, cameras and computer parts; Schattner Building Lobby.
2-5 p.m, GreenFest: Join Penn Environmental Group and dozens of sustainable campus and city organizations for an afternoon of free music, games, and food. Come for fun activities and the opportunity to learn more about sustainability in Philadelphia; College Green.