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RecycleMania Wrap Up
April 22, 2008, Volume 54, No. 30


The National RecycleMania Competition concluded on April 5. Penn’s Final Results were presented at GreenFest on April 18.

The final RecycleMania results are in and Penn has reason to be proud! Not only did Penn improve its ranking throughout the competition, the initiative helped improve the University’s overall recycling efforts. The events generated a lot of attention around waste management issues and the RecycleMania@Penn e-mail allowed faculty and staff to identify problem areas in their schools, centers and departments and figure out ways to address these issues.

Many thanks go out to the RecycleMania team including Business Services (Housing, Dining), College Houses and Academic Services, Facilities and Real Estate Services, the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, the Penn Environmental Group, the Residential Advisory Board and the University Assembly.

Although RecycleMania is officially over for this year, efforts to improve Penn’s waste reduction and recycling efforts will continue. To learn more about new projects about recycling and other sustainability efforts, check out Penn’s Green Campus Partnership website at www.upenn.edu/sustainability.

Per Capita Classic: Schools compete to see which can collect the largest amount of acceptable recyclables per person—Penn’s cumulative recyclable lbs/person is 14.25 with a final ranking of 90 out of 180. The number one ranking went to Kalamazoo College.

Gorilla Prize: Honors the school that recycles the highest gross tonnage of materials regardless of campus population—Penn’s cumulative recyclable lbs is 578,260, with a final ranking of 17 out of 200. The number one ranking went to Stanford.

Waste Minimization: Schools compete to see which produces the least amount of municipal solid waste (including both recyclables and trash) per person—Penn’s cumulative waste lbs/person is 77.10, with a final ranking of 50 out of 95. The number one ranking went to North Lake College.

Grand Champion: Recognizes the school that, based on their combined results, demonstrates the greatest achievement in both source reduction and recycling–Penn’s cumulative recycling rate is 18.48%, with a final ranking of 59 out of 88. The number one ranking went to Kalamazoo College.

Ivy Competition: Grand Champion: Penn was 3rd out of five. Per Capita Classic: Penn was 6th out of six. 

—RecycleMania Planning Committee





Almanac - April 22, 2008, Volume 54, No. 30